Abranet Sanding Block

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Project by Doe posted 11-11-2013 03:07 PM 3326 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a 12 inch length of 4 inch 320 grit Arbanet and thought a sanding block would be handy. Especially if I could get different grits and have it changeable. William sent me some very nice pecan that I wanted to use for something to keep. I wanted a bigger handle because I have a cheap paint store block that cramped up my hand because of the size. It’s small enough for me and big enough for my husband. Originally I planned a rounded over square handle and figured it would never line up properly so I turned it round and finished it with turner’s polish. The wood between the knob and base is unfinished; I should have used something that I could use on the lathe and off (oops).

To connect the pieces I used hanger bolts and ground off the points to make it fit the wood (they were a tad too long). Rather than having the Arbanet touch the wood, I used some Router/Bench Pad. After I used the table saw for the dado, I thought that I’d keep the rough surface because I thought that the friction would help keep the Arbanet it place (I’m not sure if it helps yet).

As it turned out the 4 inch Arbanet has been discontinued so I could have simplified it and made it permanent (and use a square handle). Oh well, not much you can do about stuff like that. By the way, the router pad is really handy. I use a piece around a drill chuck just in case it starts to spin; it’s a lot less painful.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 03:13 PM

Nice, great idea I think I need to get off my tail and make 1 of these, looks realy handy.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 06:51 PM

You did a great job on this and…................ya cant buy one like this in a store for sure! A nice addition to the shop.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 07:08 PM

Cool idea. That’s good stuff. Does it work well with the arbanet? Do you get any clogging?

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

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 07:24 PM

Thanks! Dave, it fills up a bit (less than sandpaper) but all you need to do is tap it on the bench a couple of times and it all puffs out. I tested it on pine and poplar and it works great. I like the handle best; it’s much more comfortable to use.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 09:32 PM

Doe, thanks. I just made another one with sandpaper, no padding, for a project. I’m going to try this with the arbanet with padding tomorrow. Thanks again.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 09:34 PM

Really nice job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 10:47 PM

Hey now that is a great idea!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Jim I like that design a lot!!

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

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#8 posted 11-12-2013 06:25 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 09-14-2014 01:52 AM

I just recently discovered Abranet…great stuff…I like the design of your holder…very nice!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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