Virtual Designs in Sketchup #12: Sanding Sheet Holder

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Blog entry by rance posted 12-10-2011 09:04 PM 3124 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I make boxes, I typically tape down a full sheet of 150 grit sandpaper to the Table Saw to level the top and bottom of the boxes after they are glued up. The TS is one of the few dead flat surfaces in the shop where I teach. Being as this is a ‘portable’ situation, this is a pain because of having to tape and untape it each time. I want something to slap down on a bench and be able to quickly grab it to take it with me at the end of the day.

I’ve seen the ones using clip-board clips but the clips stick up too high for my liking. Here’s what I came up with:


I can clip a full sheet of sandpaper to it along the edge with readilly available binder clips, giving me use of almost the entire sheet of paper. The 3/4” MDF board has a 1/2” rabbet all the way around to allow it to sit flat on the workbench without resting on the binder clips as shown here:

In making this Rabbet, I’ve found that binder clips work best if they are opened up to almost their full capacity. You might gauge your rabbet to make this happen with the size of binder clips you plan on using.


By adding a 3/4” dowel to the center of the bottom, it holds itself in place on any bench with dog holes.

Gluing some 220 grit sandpaper to the bottom might be a good addition to keep it from spinning. I think this will be just the ticket for my mobile needs.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 09:09 PM

I have a cutout of granite from where a kitchen sink went. I tape sandpaper to this for the same purpose. Works great but it is heavy. I just put it in the corner when not using it.

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 09:27 PM


Thank you!

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 12:38 AM

That is cool. I just use a loose piece of sand paper on one of my cast iron table tops and run the part on it in a figure 8 pattern. I was taught to always do that when lapping steel blocks extremely flat in tool making so I thought it should also work for wood.
For larger parts, I always use the jointer…..............Jim

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 01:31 AM

Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 04:57 AM

Rance, Mine is an 18” wide x 4’ long sanding belt (100 grit) attached to a piece of 1/4” hardboard with spray adhesive. I like the size as I can get a long smooth stroke and flatten things quickly. Clamped to the bench in use. Hangs on the wall for storage. These are great shop made aids. I stole the idea from the other Andy (the box sculptor). Pretty much everything I know came from this site!!! PS Mine has lasted really well (The belt was a good quality and I use my crepe rubber thingy on it every time I use it). I like your idea but that is a BUNCH of clips. Think I’ll stick with the spray adhesive (no pun intended).

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 06:11 AM

The belt idea is a good one Andy. I might just settle for two 4” or 6” belts side by side. I don’t think I need 18” though. Thank you All for sharing your ideas.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 03:19 PM

Another clever idea! Always thinking; always sharing; always caring!
Why not just put two dowels on the bottom to keep it from spinning?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 08:14 PM

@Rod – Because dog holes are likely different spacing on different benches. Yeah, I could make it variable.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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