Poor Man's Tools #4: Sanding Block

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 03-04-2015 05:40 PM 2083 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Today’s poor man’s tool offering is a somewhat fancy shop built sanding block. It’s still considered ‘poor man’s’ because it was fashioned from scrap ¼” plywood and 1” pine.

The unique feature of this design is the holder for the sheets of sandpaper. These consist of pieces of 1” brass strip with an edge bent over at 90 degrees. These are secured with a brass flathead screw, washer and wing nut. When tightened down, the lip secures the edge of the sandpaper.

The tool is dimensioned to accept standard 3×9 sheets of sandpaper, which, of course, are interchangeable.
A thin sheet of cork is glued to the bottom as a backing pad.

The only thing I would do differently if I were to build another would be the shape of the handle. This one on the original looks cool, but a standard oval like those common to table saw/jointer push sticks would be better.

Nevertheless, this sanding block has been a true workhorse in the handsawgeek shop.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 07:39 PM

If you ever decide to rebuild this one, I think that handle would work great with a pointed (triangular) tipped sanding end, like used on the oscillating multipurpose tools. Maybe a screw on sanding head that is interchangeable with several shapes.

The metal clamps are a great idea.

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