Sanding Block phase 2

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Project by David65 posted 07-28-2009 05:32 AM 1689 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK let’s try this again here are a couple of pictures from a second phase of sanding block I made. It is out of Purpleheart and African mahogany with a 1/4” cork bottom. The 4th and 5th pictures are what have set it apart from any other. I couldn’t find a finger screw in 5/16” it only came in #10-24 so I improvised and used a 5/16” all thread and drilled a hole in the center then installed the thumb screw w/ super glue. As you can see in picture #6 the one on the left is the outcome. I did this because someone made the remark about the wing-nut being in the way of your hand well now all is taken care of. Thank you for the remark Laserblue you gave me something else to do.

Please let me know your thoughts.

-- David '65

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 05:52 AM

Looks like a first class sanding block from here :-))

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 06:37 AM

Darn right pretty well done

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 03:04 PM

Nice looking block, better than the 1×3 I have been using :)

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 07:52 PM

Pretty nice.
Sorry; I liked the wing nut version. How can you get it tight enough with just the thumb screw? I suppose if the top block was thick enough you could use a wing nut and not have it protrude above the top surface. It would be the best of both worlds.

But I digress…these are very functional and I need about 6 them.

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 02:01 AM

Well once again you are very nice in your comments. THANK YOU!!! But also controversy my wife agrees she likes the wing nut version. Personally I have no preference I just use the blocks. I have made four (4) I gave one away and kept three (3) two (2) wing and of course the thumb screw for myself.

-- David '65

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 03:34 AM

I taught a workshop on making them for the Mason Dixon Woodworkers. We used the wing nut version and the top block is about 1 1/8” thick so the wing nut is way below the surface.

The class and output is here. I’ve also posted th size and order of construction.
I didn’t mean to hijack your project. Nice modification for the plastic knob. I always wanted to make them with brass though.

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 05:37 PM

No hijack what you did is inspiring and what led me in that direction. The addition of the knob was just another touch and look. Like I said to my wife I like the wing nut version also and it is easy to tighten but I am still young and have good griping strength so that is the only reason I have it. The others have wing nuts along with this one I just like to play around with different ideas. For me the wing doesn’t interfere at all I have small enough grip and it cups the wing perfectly…

Thank you once again I saw yours first and was inspired…

-- David '65

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