Sandpaper holder

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Project by Krisztian posted 01-13-2008 03:53 AM 53868 views 248 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you can see in the picture above I had a real problem with storing my sandpaper. I would just pile it up in the cabinet and every time I wanted a particular grit I would dig through the pile. I finally got tired of this and did something about it. I designed and made this handy little storage box. There is now a place for each different grit as well as storage for different shapes of sandpaper and sanding belts.

Here’s a picture of my solution.

Here’s a list of materials you’ll need to buy.

3/16” X 4’ X 4’ plywood
1/2” X 4’ X 2 1/2’ plywood
3/4” X 12” X 13” plywood
Finish nails

Cut out the following pieces:

3/16” Plywood
Name Dimension
Top left shelves 4 1/4” X 11 7/16”
Left big shelves 9 3/4” X 11 7/16”
Right shelves 5” X 11 7/16”
Back 15” X 12 1/2”

1/2” Plywood
Name Dimension
Left and right 12 5/8” X 13”
Top and bottom 15 1/2” X 11 5/8”
Top left divider 4 11/16” X 11 7/16”
Left horizontal 9 3/4” X 11 7/16”

3/4” Plywood
Name Dimension
Right vertical 12 1/2” X 11 7/16”

Next you will need to cut a bunch of dado’s for everything to go together. Cut the dado’s for the shelves 3/16” X 1/4” deep. Make all dado’s 1/4” deep. Here are the interior dimensions of the cabinet.

For the corners of the box I rabbeted the corners 1/4” X 1/4”.
To put the hole in the sliding shelves I marked the location on one piece, stacked them and drilled one pilot hole through the stack.

Next I used a 3/4” forsterner bit and drilled part way through each piece.

Flip each piece over and finish drilling from the other side.
Sand everything smooth.
Glue and nail the box together leaving the large shelves out of the box.
After it is dry sand the edges of the shelves so that they slide smoothly into the box.
You can apply a finish to it or leave it bare like I did.
I printed out labels for each sandpaper grit and glued it to the side of the box so I knew what sandpaper was where.

When you are done your sandpaper storage cabinet should look something like this.

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 04:06 AM

Nice holder and very nice blog.

Good information!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 04:47 AM

well done! a lot of work and thought obviously went into it!

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 04:55 AM

Wow… thank you very much for posting this project with this amazing level of detail. I had been considering building some sort of cabinet for my sanding supplies. Thanks to you I now have a great example to work from!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 05:11 AM

Pretty similar to the one I started for my own sandpaper mess. I like this’n better; it’s got more utility.
Showed me requirements I didn’t realize I had.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 03:24 PM

great design

-- Marge, Colorado

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 09:37 PM

Nice shop tool.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 10:07 PM

well done. The plans you have provided are excellent

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 10:34 PM

Nice! Great preparation, planning and drawings too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 10:38 PM

Man I have the “Before” picture for my gritz.

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 01:25 AM

I made something similar quite a while ago, but now I wish I’d made it that good. Very nice. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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John Gray

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 09:29 AM

VERY VERY NICE! Think I’ll build one in the future.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 04:24 PM

Nice Job. Great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 02:19 AM

I have something like this on m project list, nice work. Thanks for the details.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 02-11-2008 01:55 PM

Beauty! Great plan too.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 02-11-2008 05:34 PM

outstanding job!! I need to make the same thing for my sandpapers.

-- jrlwoodworks

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