Sandpaper storage

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 07-16-2017 04:12 PM 1843 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have stored packages of sandpaper on a shelf for years. Every time i needed a sheet, I sorted through the packages, but always tried to stack them back in order of grits, with the coarsest on the bottom.

I put a lot of time and effort into finishing my projects, and have had a few ruined by random mysterious scratches in the final wet sanding coats, requiring a lot of remedial steps. I attributed at least some of this to particles of coarser grit from other packages adhering to the sheet in use. I am now paranoid about keeping sandpaper clean, to the point of using plastc bags for the 400 and finer grits. Placing the packs face down is a partial solution, insuring nothing falls on the face of the sheets – but still invites any loose particles to fall off.

The solution, which I have intended to implement for years, is a simple storage cabinet. It stores the various grits separately, with the labels showing. I had finished drawing the sketch when I saw the box of disks on the shelf and modified it to house them. Note that sandpapers are stored finer to coarser, from top to bottom, so any particles dislodged should not create a problem for the sheets below.

The cabinet was made from scraps. 1/4” (hah!) plywood for the shelves, with stopped dadoes cut with the undersized 1/4” bit for plywood – even then the plywood is loose in the dadoes.

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#1 posted 07-16-2017 04:43 PM

Perfect of example of how to work smart instead of hard. I hate sorting through the different grits of sandpaper to find the right one. Great way to organize and save time. Nice job.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#2 posted 07-16-2017 05:14 PM

This is a great organizer for sandpaper. It’s a nice addition to you shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-17-2017 07:41 AM

Nice. I might copy that, thanks

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