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I use Egyptian gold sandpaper exclusively on the lathe and it is the same color for all grits!!! I write the grit on the back and the paper tends to roll so it creates a chore to ID it. I have been thinking about this kind of box for a long time and when I finished the shoehorns after having to look at the back of the pieces of sandpaper over 100 times, I stopped and built this box. It needed 5 compartments and the lid had to flap all the way down when opened. Now I can grab the right paper the first time and put it back where it belongs unless it is worn out. Then there should be more new pieces in each compartment. It makes inventory simple too!

I went looking for thin wood..( 3/8 and 1/4) and found them both in this wine crate I kept for just a project like this. ( some times it pays to be a wood hoarder). The wood was too thin for regular hinge screws and they left the top sticking out when opened so I made these little brass plates with circular grooves for the pivot pins ( screws) to slide all the way around and let the top drop straight down like in the last shot. I put two 10 mm magnets in the top and screws in the front but they are pretty ineffective at holding anything.I did put in some splines because the sides are just mitered. I love using that spline sled. I was going to put in X splines but that was a little overkill for this box. The wood was a bit warped so the miters did not come out as straight as I liked, but they will do in this case.

It is finished with clear satin lacquer. This is the best it will ever look for it will live in the barn with that lathe, the chips and the dust.

Cheers, Jim

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Great idea Jim. I have cubby box with slots above my lathe to keep the small slips of paper in. Come in handy.
 

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I like the look of this Jim and seems to function well with that hinge you made .
I am with you on the lumber hoarding you never know .

Happy Fathers Day

Klaus
 

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Cool solution!

Nice box… work over…
 

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Might have to have a closer look at this one Jim, my paper tends t get a bit messy at times, nice n tidy, love the idea of the old wine box timber it adds a cool touch, well done mate
cheers
pete
 

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Looks great, I love the creativity involved in making the hinges.
 

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Great project Jim, this is my next project only I'm building a french cleat cabinet for my sandpaper.
 

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Great idea Jim, I need to do something like this myself.
Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for sharing.

Bob.
 

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Cool job and creative work on the hinge Jim. I believe all turners have a problem with this. One of those little things we don't give much thought.
 

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Very well organized. I keep my in plastic bag and must always serch for the rifgt one. Good idea and inspiration.
 

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Nicely done, Jim. I Lois how you labeled the grits so it can be easily read from either the front or the back of the box. Thanks for sharing.
 

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A nice looking box to solve a problem. From the pictures I am not sure how the hinge works would you please elaborate?
 

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What a creative time saver Jim. The box looks great!!
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. I have cleaned up all the sandpaper on the lathe and tool rack. Now I just have to remember to pick and put back.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Nice box Jim and handy too.
 

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Great box Jim. Well thought out and functional. That it looks great, well hey, that's a bonus…lol
Finally got a storage building so I could get all of the yard equipment out of the shop. The angle on the ramp that came with it was too steep and I couldn't get my mower on it. I thought about the little ramps you made for your daughter so I set out making something similar. My wife asked me what I was doing and I said without thinking…"just channeling my inner Jim Jakosh"...my wife didn't have a clue but I had a good laugh. Keep them coming buddy, you are training us up right!!!
 

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Thanks Mike and Buster.

Hi Buster, glad I could spark and idea for you!! My daughter's ramps are holding up just fine now that they are solid like that. They should last longer than me!!

Happy Father's Day!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Good project Jim. Certainly keeps track of the sandpaper and keeps it tidy.

Regards,

Cliff.
 
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