1/4 Sheet Sandpaper Cutting Jig

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Project by Hawgnutz posted 09-22-2008 06:43 PM 11258 views 17 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a real simple jig that makes cutting sandpaper for 1/4 sheet sanders a breeze. It is simply a 8 1/2” X 11” piece of 1/2” MDF that is mounted on some scrap plywood and surrounded by 1X stock. (You really don’t need to miter the corners, just butt up the two pieces of wood.) Then grooves were cut with a table saw where you would cut the sandpaper. This allows you to easily cut the sandpaper to the correct size using a razor knife. I also added a piece of luan to act as a hanger on the back.

I am planning to make one on the back that will allow me to cut 1/3 sheets for my sanding block. You can see I am getting ready for my finishing sanding..LOL

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#1 posted 09-22-2008 07:30 PM

man! great idea. currently i fold the sheet of paper then just tear it using the edge of the table saw as my straight edge. i was just thinking of needing a jig for cutting this stuff and here you post this.

thanks for posting!

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#2 posted 09-22-2008 07:32 PM

Great idea, well done.


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#3 posted 09-22-2008 07:33 PM

Great idea! I’m going to use it. Thanks

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 09-22-2008 07:33 PM

Very nice! I need to make me one of these.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#5 posted 09-22-2008 07:42 PM

I nailed a hacksaw blade on a chunk of plywood several years ago.
I just slip the paper under the blade and pull up.


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#6 posted 09-22-2008 07:57 PM

A very useful jig and a great idea. I also like the Bob #2’s concept.

I usually take a few minutes to do 5 sheets at a time and 1/3 them for a stock pile but this idea would certainly speed that process up.

Thanks for the post.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#7 posted 05-03-2009 03:08 AM

Made one of the yesterday and already have gone 5 sheets of paper. Making/having this motivated me to get my Adirondack chairs sanded and ready for staining. Was this your original idea of did you see it somewhere?

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 05-03-2009 05:49 PM

Tmiller, this was a modification of a basic sheet cutter I saw somewhere. You knmow how it is, you see some projesct or jig and you think, “I could chsnge this and it would be better.” Well, I saw one like this in a book and modified it to conform to how i wanted it to work. This works great for my PC 330 and my 1/4 sheet sander!

I am going to make a 1/3 sheet cutter on the other side to fit my hand sander.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#9 posted 05-03-2009 06:48 PM

Way to go good thinking

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#10 posted 10-11-2009 04:44 PM

Thats a handy cutting jig. Nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 08:45 PM

wow, great simple idea… well done…

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#12 posted 10-25-2010 04:34 PM

I like this. Could you cut slots for other paper sizes on the same template?

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#13 posted 10-25-2010 08:28 PM

Yes, Russ, you could cut slots for just about any size paper. In fact, I am going to make one to fit my 1/3 sheet sander on the back side, so I could just flip it over and cut the 1/3 sheets.

You are only limited by your imagination, here!

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 10-26-2010 01:22 AM

Thanks Hawgnutz,
What I was saying though was just putting all the lines on the same template on the same side. The quarter sheet lines would be obvious and distinct from the one third sheet lines, so there would be no confusion. I got waylaid today or else I would have made one myself. This is a really useful idea. Too often I find myself eyeballing when I have no straightedge, but this solves the problem.

Thanks again, Hawgnutz.


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#15 posted 10-27-2010 05:54 PM

Thanks again Hawgnutz,
Finished making mine a couple of hours ago and it has come handy already. I put all the lines on same side. I put the lines for quarter sheets two ways: half in each direction, as well as the 2 3/4 inch increments for my sanding blocks. I added the 3 5/8 inch lines for one third sheet sanders, too. Thanks once more for a great time saver.


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