Sand Paper Cutter

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Everyone has one of these.

But if you don’t let me show you mine.

It’s a piece of plywood with a hacksaw blade screwed down to the wood and a hole to hang it up. That’s it.

I folded a sheet of sandpaper so I could put the lines where they are needed.

I have two marks 1/2 sheet and 1/4 sheet. You can also draw lines for 1/3 sheet sanders if you have one of those.

I slide the paper in under the blade, sandy side down to keep it from moving while being cut, line it up, place a couple of fingers on the blade to hold the paper steady and then rip the paper.

It’s easier that trying to find a square edge to try and rip paper.

We used this in the sanding block workshop to cut the paper for 75 sanding blocks.

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See revised version below VS 1.1

-- 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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#1 posted 04-06-2009 07:37 AM

Karson, That looks like a brand new hacksaw blade. Is that really necessary, or will a used on work? I’m glad you posted a proper sandpaper cutter. I might have made mine cut 5/8 sheets, where could I use them ;-))

My Grandpa was from near the Mason-Dixon line. He used to tell a story about a young girl working in a general store when toilet paper first came out. The owner told the girl to try to sell another item if they didn’t have exactly what the customer wanted. (I’ll bet you can see where this is going;-) ) A customer asked for toilet paper, the girl said we aaare out of toilet paper, but we have sandpaper.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 12:08 PM

Karson, that’s a great idea! Funny story TopamaxSurvivor.

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 12:31 PM

Thanks for the reminder Karson. We should all have one and it is the simplest jig to make. But for some reason I keep putting it off. I have to make one this week…......................................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 01:19 PM

that’s a nice step up from what I’m using. I may have to upgrade!
thanks Karson.

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 04:19 PM

I used Karson’s at the sanding block workshop… and I had seen the idea elsewhere. I made mine up just after I got home (and after my nap…) Anyway, I used a smaller board since my shop is much smaller than Karson’s!

But what you might try… I slipped a washer between the wood and the blade to raise the blade just a touch so the heavier 60 grit paper slips under the blade easier… it doesn’t effect performance of cutting… and a finer tooth blade works better than coarse.

This made the Mrs happy since I no longer try to use her rather expensive art framing mat cutting tool to cut sandpaper!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 04:56 PM

Al Thanks for the tip on the washer. I hadn’t thought of that. Great idea.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-06-2009 06:45 PM

So, when are you marketing the Karson Kutter?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 04-06-2009 09:05 PM

Karson, I swear you have been peeking thru the window of my shop!

As I said before great minds think alike!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 04-07-2009 05:14 AM

simple tools make our lives better.


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#10 posted 04-07-2009 07:34 PM

Who says that I cannot be swayed by the constructive comments on my sandpaper cutter.

It is now revised and Vs 1.1 it has a copper washer under the blade.

TopamaxSurvivor I guess you could use an old blade, but I always seem to throw the old one away. Silly me for not saving a couple. And I think I bought some Toli.. er sandpaper from her last week at the local Lowes.

-- 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 04-07-2009 11:26 PM

Can I borrow that for a while? I like it!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#12 posted 04-07-2009 11:28 PM

Hairy Send my your address and I’ll send it along. I usually don’t loan tools, but for you I’ll make an exception.

-- 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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#13 posted 04-08-2009 02:11 AM

Karson, I don’t have one but will from now on. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 04-08-2009 05:35 PM

Hi Karson,

Good job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 04-11-2009 06:53 PM

Karson you have made a very simple tool costing hardly anything, for cutting a sand paper. I liked your acceptance of the idea of putting a washer as suggested by Dustyal and immediately implementing it. Your greatness is seen in this simple gesture.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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