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02-15-2008 10:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding small box tray bit

I’m working on a small box. Inside deminsions about 3” across and 1 1/4” deep. It was hollowed out with a tray/bowl router bit with a 3/4” diameter and a 1/4” radius. It is heart shaped (late Valentine’s gift) so no corners to deal with.

I’m looking for the best way so sand the interior. I’m thinking in terms of a drum sander I can use in my drill press but I need a soft rounded bottom (no comments please) . I’ve seen soft sanding systems for bowls to use on a lathe but the smallest seem to be 2” across.

I’m thinking of trying make something. I’m considering a foam sanding pad added to either a small drum sander or make up something from 3/4” dowel.?

Any suggestions / ideas?

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 11:17 PM

Leon, did you see the one from Rockler? It is 1 9/16 so it might still be too big for you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 11:21 PM

Charlie, thanks. Seems a little big but it might work. I’ll go by and check it out tomorrow.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#3 posted 02-16-2008 12:36 AM

Woodcraft has some small sanding mops. Something like a smaller version of:

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#4 posted 02-16-2008 01:19 AM

I haven’t used them but Abralon sanding pads have gotten good reviews elsewhere.

-- Gary, Florida

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#5 posted 02-16-2008 01:25 AM

I bought some of these:

From Woodcraft. Haven’t used them yet, so I couldn’t tell you how well they work. But the aren’t that expensive.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 02-16-2008 03:36 AM


I would seriously consider hand sanding it. To make my life easier when I hand sand (which I do a lot by the way since it is faster sometimes than any machine sanding), I bought from Wallmart 1/8” foam pads that have adhesive on one side (they sell for about 3.50/6 sheets, you can find them in the craft area of the store). I glue a piece of sandpaper to two foam sheets and I get a flexible sanding pad. I have pads like this around all the time in grits from 60 to 1000. Alternatively you can buy sanding sponges but they are expensive.


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#7 posted 02-16-2008 08:30 AM

I woulduse a drum to get it mostly done, then follow it up with the mop sander. This will give your box the soft round bottom.

-- Owner of custom millwork shop

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#8 posted 02-21-2008 04:56 AM

Alin, thanks for the tip on the Wallmart foam pads. They worked great for working on my Valentine’s Box 2008 project. I only used one sheet of foam to give me the extra flexibility to get down into this small box. I like the feel of these much better than the store bought foam backed sanding pads or sanding sponges.

I also like the variety of colors so I can use a different color for each grit. Now all I have to do is remember which color is which grit.

Thanks again.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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