Finally, a Hand Sander That Allows You to Sand...

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Review by CaptainSkully posted 09-10-2009 04:02 AM 5041 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been using that damn rubber thing with the nails sticking out of each end for years. No wonder I hardly ever did any hand sanding. I bought this because the action looked like it would be easy to switch out paper. It’s so easy, I switch grits without a care. The best $20 I ever spent at the woodworking store. As a recent improvement in my woodworking, I’ve started to hand-sand the orbital swirl marks out of my stuff. This makes that as easy as the wood will allow.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 04:05 AM

I have been using one of these for awhile now and think they are really great.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 04:27 AM

I agree that these are a great product. I now have two of them. It is easy to change the paper, there is more of the paper in use, and it is very comfortable to use. My first one has seen lots of use and is just as good as new. They do go on sale every once in a while at Rockler.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 05:04 AM

I purchased two of theses at the Woodworking Show a few years ago …very nice to use and the paper changes couldn’t be easier , plus they were on special at the show for $15 each

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 03:01 PM

I use sticky back paper for most everything so this would be IMO a step backward…but your right they beat the hell out of the old school sanding block!Well maybe not the way old school sanding block(a block of wood with sandpaper attached to it…which is what I use for most everything you just can’t beat the flat surface!)I’m glad you like it though

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 04:45 PM

I use one of these and really enjoy it. That said, I’m working on a “block” that will take hook & loop paper so that my RO and this block can share the same paper stock. I also hate buying two types of paper instead of one.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 09:14 PM

Any links?

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 01:50 AM

I believe you can find them at Rockler and Woodcraft, or online several other places.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 06:12 AM

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 02:49 AM

Hartville carries them in 5 flavors

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#11 posted 09-13-2009 06:22 AM

I’ve had this item saved on my Favorites “Tools I Want” folder for some time. So today, after a little incentive from you review, I ordered one from Woodcraft, along with a couple of other items to get the free shipping on a $50 purchase. I’m looking forward to using a hand sanding tool that I actually might like. A few weeks ago I won a rubber sanding block (red, wow) at the local woodworking club raffle. I think I left it laying around somewhere in the building. BTW, you get whatever color Woodcraft chooses to send you. I noticed you can pick your color at Hartville. Isn’t that nice!

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 10:15 PM

While I didn’t love spending $20 on a sanding block, I must say this thing is AWESOME! I’ve never been a fan of sanding, but this little tool makes it easy.

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#13 posted 01-11-2013 08:54 PM

Hacksaw, these blocks are made to take the sticky backed paper as well as the regular paper.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 02-22-2015 02:54 PM

Capn, your tool will be mine. Thanks for the review.

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#15 posted 02-22-2015 03:00 PM

I have one of these, and I like it. That said, is it just me or is there about zero room for error at the ends of the paper when installing? I know that lets you use more of the paper, but sometimes getting both ends under the clamps can be a hassle. I’ve never heard anyone else mention this, so maybe it IS just me (as usual).

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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