Sandpaper storage

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 07-18-2020 05:13 PM 863 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I continue to build out my shop, a small cabinet to store sandpaper and notes seemed like a good thing. It also gave me a chance to tune up my dovetail cutting before I tackle the bookcases that are next up, and a chance to try out the new dado saw I bought from Brian Noel

Construction is pretty simple. I cut an 11” wide pine board into two nine inch and three ten inch pieces. Two sides for the nine inchers, top, bottom, and back for the ten inchers. Dovetail them. Cut quarter inch wide and quarter inch deep dados in the sides, spaced with an inch and a quarter between them, and join the box and pop in some MDF shelves.

Once the glue dried, I glued and nailed on a back, leaving it stick up on the top so I can set things on top of the box and they won’t slide off behind.

Plane off the dovetails, sand off some of the marks, apply a coat of BLO and three coats of super-blonde shellac and call it done.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 07-18-2020 05:55 PM

Good job on a great organizer.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-18-2020 06:02 PM

Thanks! Got tired of just having a stack that I kept knocking over.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 07-18-2020 06:14 PM

nice storage for flat stock

All of my paper is in rolls

-- 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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#4 posted 07-18-2020 06:19 PM

Nice dovetails, and as “they” always say: practice – practice – practice. (whoever they are)

That’s a sweet looking saw, really beautiful. Never heard the term “fado saw”, anything different or particular to this saw, other than the use? I just finished a three shelf for my granddaughter, used an old Diston crosscut to define the dad’s. Curious to see your response.
Anyway, nice dovetailed box, and I understand what you mean by getting tired with the loose stack of sandpaper, been there – doing that.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 07-18-2020 06:25 PM

Yes, nice job and NICE SAW!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 07-18-2020 06:55 PM

Thanks, Tom! There’s two ways to make a saw specifically for cutting dados I’ve seen. One is a normal-ish backsaw, long enough for the biggest piece you’re likely to cut dados in and with a lower hang. The other is more like a stair-saw.

I figure this one I can use for general cross-cutting too, so it’s maybe a smidge more useful.

But I’ve fought trying to define dados with saws that were too short or had too high of a hang, so I asked Brian to make me this one, and then we figured out the details.

Thanks, Andy!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-18-2020 09:28 PM

Great job with all the handwork Dave!
Nice organizer and you’ve got some great saws too.
Glad to see the shop and now shop fixtures coming together.

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#8 posted 07-18-2020 09:43 PM

Thanks, Jon. I was trying to remember if I used a handsaw to cut the board into lengths or not. I have a suspicion I used the circular saw for that, but can’t remember for sure. I had three different projects going last week, and I was using the circ saw an awful lot.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 07-18-2020 11:15 PM

Bloody excellent Mate!
But who makes humble sandpaper boxes using dovetails? a bit toffy? a bit up market don’t you think. Perfect job though and application of skills is apparent

Now it also looks like I may have to send you a covit package full of various grades of sandpaper!

I don’t want to sound abrasive but I used a different approach
Check out my efforts on the same subject

Bulk items in tub a plastic tub
inside the bags are a few sheets still in their OEM packets to aid ID

Then a tub of daily items.
In here are all the grades held together with big Bulldog clips including any other sanding gear

The remainder of bulk items stay in the OEM boxes.
Simply marked and stashed on top of the Bulk items box

Why did I go that way?

A couple of reasons no dedicated workshop so no space either
My wife is a brilliant seamstress and made custom bags for me (Free of charge) well excluding some affectionate appreciation.

Now the Dado saw I would kill for a saw looking as good as that so I guess it explains the effort and skills used in the construction.

that’s a 10 outta 10 from me Dave.

Don’t forget the mailing address!!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 07-19-2020 12:18 AM

Very nice Dave, great way to store sheet goods!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 07-19-2020 01:37 AM

Thanks, Rob. I also have 100 sheet packs of sandpaper, but with it being rough stuff, pulling one sheet out means getting five. Hopefully in the little box, I’ll have less of a problem. As for the dovetails, I need to build bookcases, which is going to mean over 100 dovetailed corners, with 3-7 tails per. So I thought a little warm up was in order.

Thanks, Jeff! Should do the job.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 07-19-2020 02:55 PM

Nice skill build project Dave 8^) That saw looks like a great solution, but then again all the old tools had some clever engineering. The depth stop idea can be used on a lot of tools, nice to know!

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#13 posted 07-19-2020 08:40 PM

A paper organizer has been on my need to list for a while but I finally just put them all in an accordion organizer I got for free at a yard sale. Now instead being on my need to do list it is on my want to do list.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 07-19-2020 09:13 PM

Thanks, Splint.

Nathan, I thought about just buying some office organizer tray thing, but being retired, doing a build to fritter away a day or two seemed preferable.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 07-19-2020 09:21 PM

WHAT no cleat on the back ?? GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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