Sandpaper Storage

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 11-12-2021 03:47 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an effort to control the chaos in the shop, I built a set of shelves to hold my sandpaper.

I blogged the build so if you’re interested in the details of the construction, that’s the best place to look.

1. Building the frame

2. Rear frame glue up

3. Front frame & shelf supports

4. The big glue up

5. Shelves, side, and top

6. Finishing

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 11-12-2021 03:50 PM

Handy, dandy storage, good job Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 11-12-2021 04:02 PM

that’ll be handy for sheet paper –
all I use is 2 1/2” psa air board paper and 5” psa discs, all in rolls – not as easy to store

-- 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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#3 posted 11-12-2021 04:02 PM

Wow, you even have all the same color sandpaper. Lol. Looks like a display case in the store. Good thinking and nice job Dave.

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

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#4 posted 11-12-2021 04:27 PM

Dang, that’s a lot of Sandpaper:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 11-12-2021 04:40 PM

this is probably the nicest paper rack i have ever seen nice job on it and i know its very sturdy

GREAT JOB :<)))))

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

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#6 posted 11-12-2021 05:19 PM

Are you nuts?! 60-120-220-400-180? My OCD would send me into convulsions whenever I walked into the shop.

Dang nice build though ;-p

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 11-12-2021 05:37 PM

nice storage rack dave.but 60-120 thats a big jump,no 80 grit ? as far as sheet paper youd have to look hard in my shop,i use very little.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 11-12-2021 06:15 PM

FWIW, I use one of these to store sheets. It works a trick. Your’s is much nicer obviously but I also keep several grades of wet/dry paper in addition to AO paper and some ultra-fine lapping films. So I’d need something about 4’ tall if I went with your method. Good grief I have a lot of sandpaper…

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 11-12-2021 06:54 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Dick! Yeah, I generally use quarter-sheets, but the extra halfs and quarters can stack with everything else.

Thanks, Dave! Yeah, I stick with Norton Pro-Sand after trying a bunch of different kinds.

Yes, It is, Andre!

Thanks, Tony!

Kenny, even worse, the 800, 1200 and 150 are in the slot below the 180. ]:-)> But basically I use stuff from 60 up to 400, and everything else is onesie-twosies that I can dig through when I need it.

Thanks, Pottz! I used to keep 80 on hand, but I find that used 60 works about the same as new 80. And when I started turning more, I started using a lot more sandpaper.

Thanks again, Kenny. I’ve thought about that sort of thing, but if I can’t see what I have, I don’t realize I’m out of something until I go digging for it and come up empty, and then I am sad.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 11-12-2021 07:23 PM

Congrats on the Daily Top 3.
Watched the blog build, know it’s sturdy, great top surface for small machine mounting. Great work.

-- "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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#11 posted 11-12-2021 07:39 PM

Thanks, Tom! The top might just hold sanding blocks, but maybe something else will live up there. Maybe the vacuum pump for stabilizing wood?

I’m trying to make some progress on organizing and cleaning up my shop. Be nice if I could finish unpacking one of these days.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 11-12-2021 07:41 PM

I love order projects!
This one is wonderful and I’m quite impressed by the amount of sandpaper you keep there.
Well done.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 11-12-2021 08:37 PM

Good work on a handy thing.

In an effort to control the chaos in the shop

- Dave Polaschek

There’s a thought, I might have to try that someday, but I don’t think a sandpaper rack will even scratch the surface

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#14 posted 11-12-2021 09:06 PM

Thanks, Mads! It’s a lot, but hopefully it will last for a while.

Thanks, Hairy! This didn’t really make much of a difference, but I figure I need to start somewhere.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 11-13-2021 12:50 AM

Good organizer Dave!

I’m surprised you didn’t take your book case approach and make them stackable (because you are going to need more 8^)

My wife had her previous life organized with these roll-around drawer units, we have a bazillion so I co-opted a set for my sandpaper (60 grit to 2500)

Mostly silicon carbide wet/dry I have a massive assortment of my Dad’s old paper, that manilla folder colored stuff which I hate, but at least I have a place for it.

I remember as a kid that the only sanding supplies were 8×10 sheets. now with the sponges and discs, there is no end!

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