Sandpaper Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-19-2015 07:11 PM 2240 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use Egyptian gold sandpaper exclusively on the lathe and it is the same color for all grits!!! I write the grit on the back and the paper tends to roll so it creates a chore to ID it. I have been thinking about this kind of box for a long time and when I finished the shoehorns after having to look at the back of the pieces of sandpaper over 100 times, I stopped and built this box. It needed 5 compartments and the lid had to flap all the way down when opened. Now I can grab the right paper the first time and put it back where it belongs unless it is worn out. Then there should be more new pieces in each compartment. It makes inventory simple too!

I went looking for thin wood..( 3/8 and 1/4) and found them both in this wine crate I kept for just a project like this. ( some times it pays to be a wood hoarder). The wood was too thin for regular hinge screws and they left the top sticking out when opened so I made these little brass plates with circular grooves for the pivot pins ( screws) to slide all the way around and let the top drop straight down like in the last shot. I put two 10 mm magnets in the top and screws in the front but they are pretty ineffective at holding anything.I did put in some splines because the sides are just mitered. I love using that spline sled. I was going to put in X splines but that was a little overkill for this box. The wood was a bit warped so the miters did not come out as straight as I liked, but they will do in this case.

It is finished with clear satin lacquer. This is the best it will ever look for it will live in the barn with that lathe, the chips and the dust.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 07:13 PM

Too Cool. Looks like a cool idea.

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 07:24 PM

Great idea Jim. I have cubby box with slots above my lathe to keep the small slips of paper in. Come in handy.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 07:47 PM

I like the look of this Jim and seems to function well with that hinge you made .
I am with you on the lumber hoarding you never know .

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 07:49 PM

Cool solution!

Nice box… work over…

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 07:50 PM

Might have to have a closer look at this one Jim, my paper tends t get a bit messy at times, nice n tidy, love the idea of the old wine box timber it adds a cool touch, well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 09:17 PM

Looks great, I love the creativity involved in making the hinges.

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 10:59 PM

Great project Jim, this is my next project only I’m building a french cleat cabinet for my sandpaper.

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#8 posted 06-20-2015 02:06 AM

Great idea Jim, I need to do something like this myself.
Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 06-20-2015 04:04 AM

Cool job and creative work on the hinge Jim. I believe all turners have a problem with this. One of those little things we don’t give much thought.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 06-20-2015 08:34 AM

Very well organized. I keep my in plastic bag and must always serch for the rifgt one. Good idea and inspiration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-20-2015 01:18 PM

Nicely done, Jim. I Lois how you labeled the grits so it can be easily read from either the front or the back of the box. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 06-20-2015 01:29 PM

A nice looking box to solve a problem. From the pictures I am not sure how the hinge works would you please elaborate?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 02:42 PM

What a creative time saver Jim. The box looks great!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 06-20-2015 04:02 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I have cleaned up all the sandpaper on the lathe and tool rack. Now I just have to remember to pick and put back.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 06-20-2015 07:19 PM

Nice box Jim and handy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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