SAND paper BOX

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-16-2020 02:17 AM 834 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made out of necessity to keep the different grits of sandpaper separated at the lathe. The last shot shows how the paper was being kept. This will keep the dust and chips out of the paper while turning or while stored for the summer. I have one at home and I love it and used this one today and it makes the job a lot easier on the lathe.

I cobbled this up from scraps laying outside the shop….1/2” plywood, 1/4” oak plywood and some old barn boards for the edge trim. Each compartment will hold a 1/4 sheet of sandpaper or smaller. This was kind of a test for bandsaw cut finger joints and an off- the-wall hinge. The top is 1/4” so I did not feel I could screw hinges on so I made these pivoting hinges that let the top stand open and you have to slide it forward for it to clear the back. The pins for the pivots are glued into some little round pieces of mesquite and the heads are glued to the box.

It is finished with clear matte spray enamel!.

cheers, JIm

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

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#1 posted 01-16-2020 02:27 AM

Maybe something not occurring everywhere, but I live with swings in humidity, and I haven’t had a “conditioned” shop, so those moisture swings effect my shop. I have found sandpaper particularly to be an item harshly affected by excess moisture.

Sandpaper inside almost any kind of box, keeps this problem at bay. So for many something like this is maybe a double win, organization, and safe harbor.

Nice box Jim.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 01-16-2020 02:47 AM

I really like the hinges you came up with. I need something like this to keep all my small sheets and partially used but still good sheets. The latter is kept on a shelf in my finishing supply rack and is pretty much a spitting image of your last pic.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 01-16-2020 03:30 AM

Looks like something I need. Picture #6 looks like my stuff! Great way to organize your rough stuff! And those hinges are really cool! You sure do crank out one project after another and they are all great ideas!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-16-2020 03:51 AM

Looks a lot better than my old plastic fileing box. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 01-16-2020 04:11 AM

Good project Jim.
Well done!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 01-16-2020 04:29 AM

Looks neat Jim. Will work good to keep the dust out. I have a 9 compartment napkin holder type that works good if I use it, only I still put the pieces back wrong.

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

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#7 posted 01-16-2020 04:57 AM


Nice sandpaper box!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 01-16-2020 08:14 AM

I like the hinge mechanism.

I collect the discarded wooden boxes wine is sold in, sometimes they are cedar, and those work well for sandpaper deposits. However, there is also an area of my “toolstation” that resembles your last photo.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#9 posted 01-16-2020 08:53 AM

Like it.


-- 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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#10 posted 01-16-2020 11:21 AM

I too like the hinges. Boxes are fun to make.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#11 posted 01-16-2020 12:52 PM

well thought out – the hinges are super

here’s my paper storage

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 01-16-2020 02:27 PM

Nice, Jim!

Another vote for the hinges!

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

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#13 posted 01-16-2020 02:36 PM

This is both brilliant and really nice looking! Awesome job.

-- Matt - Colorado

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#14 posted 01-16-2020 02:42 PM

As with the others, the box is great, but I really like how you innovate on the fly with those hinges 8^)

Very cool!

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#15 posted 01-16-2020 03:34 PM

You need two boxes. One for the used pieces that have some life in them. Well done…

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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