Palm Sander

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Project by Jim Rowe posted 07-19-2013 10:08 AM 2345 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a big fan of the Abranet sanding sheets, the small ones that measure 70×125 mm (2 3/4×5 inches), and use them for most of my sanding needs. The sheets come in a range of “grits” from 80 for initial smoothing up to 600 for fine finishing. I made these “Palm Sanders” from scraps of oak, purple heart and iroko shaped to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The “handle” is simply glued to the base and secured with a couple of wooden dowels. The flat base is covered with heavy duty stick-on velcro which grips the sanding sheet ready for use. The sheets last for ages and don’t clog very much at all. If they do start to clog, simply peel them off the velcro and shake any dust off before re-attaching.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 12:56 PM

Very hany little tools Jim, I have never used the abranet sheets, but I suppose your sander could be made to suit the work being undertaken.

Always nice to make your own tools.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 01:50 PM

Those sanding blocks look so comfortable to use.

Great work JR45!

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 02:29 PM

This is a great idea JR45! I’ve been looking for some smaller sanding blocks (with not much luck) and have decided to make some for myself. These are still bigger than what I need for some fine detail sanding but with a few modifications I think this will work just fine for me. I will post some pictures when I get them done. Thanks!

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 03:33 PM

Great idea! Looks like you’ve come up with something that is original and very useful. Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 06:15 PM

Very very nice work. Really looks great. It certainly seems comfortable grip. That kind of sanding sheets are not known here, at least never saw before.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 02:45 PM

love that palm shape design, well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 07-21-2013 07:44 AM

Jim….a great idea.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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