Hints and Tips #18: Sanding Small Parts

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 12-15-2015 08:19 PM 1641 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently i found a need to sand some small parts of a project with my Random Orbit Sander. They were too small to clamp down and my sander would just throw them out from under it. I just clamped the ROS upside down in my leg vise and held the small piece on the rotating pad. This doesn’t work as aggressively as usual because your hand cannot hold the piece as firmly as it would be if it were clamped or had more mass.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 01:21 AM

Great idea.

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 05:22 AM

What a coincidence, I just used this idea a few days ago. I found the key was little, if any downward pressure, I only needed to hold the sides to stabilize the piece. It works great doesn’t it?

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 06:28 AM

Send pictures of your finger nails !!

Otherwise very clever Dave

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 11:19 AM

Send pictures of your finger nails !!

Otherwise very clever Dave

- robscastle

Yeah, that photo is with the sander off. In actual use I was really holding the piece more with my palm with my fingers just guiding the piece. Like an above poster said: light pressure.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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