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Forum topic by Eloyd posted 08-31-2018 05:16 PM 631 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2018 05:16 PM

Anybody have some kind of plan for a cool way to keep sand paper? I have several grits from 40 grit up to 600 and it seems to be all over the place, I can’t find what I need all the time. I have seen online several kinds of sandpaper storage, but not any plans for the things I have seen. I would like to find a plan for a box or rack of some kind to store at least 8 different types pf sand paper, plus my 5” sander discs. I keep my rolls for my Super Max in a box I have on the shelf mounted to the frame under the machine. I keep my sanding belts in the cabinet that my Jet belt sander is mounted on, but I don’t have anything for my flat sand paper, so it ends up all over my shop.

-- Eloyd

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 05:49 PM

I don’t keep mine in a box or anything fancy but I have two 1ft by 1ft (and close to a quarter inch thick) pieces of glass that I keep the sandpaper in between. Like I said its not fancy but it keeps it flat so it doesn’t curl up… Probably not what your looking for but it works for me since my shop is not climate controlled and I hate curled sandpaper

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 06:01 PM

I seen those accordion file folders used for sandpaper storage. Seemed like a clever idea to me.

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#3 posted 09-01-2018 12:42 AM

I recycled a 2 drawer end from a desk I built about 50 years ago. It sits under the extension wing of my table saw. In the drawers are hanging file folders. One drawer is used for tool manuals and the other for sandpaper with lables on each folder for the grit in the folder. The sandpaper folders take up less than a quarter of that drawer. In the future I’m going try to store saw blades in rest of drawer. I’ll take some pics if you like.

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#4 posted 09-01-2018 01:35 AM

Used to use a Pendaflex expanding folder like Ripper. Paper folder gets torn quickly on 40-80 grit papers. A plastic version lasted longer, but one I bought wasn’t large enough for all grits.

I now use one of these Sterilite plastic file boxes for my sandpaper. Steralite plastic boxes are sold everywhere, think I got mine at Walmart or Target? There are cheaper versions, but I use the top tray to store my various sized curve surface sanding tools, and couple of tack rags/mircofiber cloths. I use one hanging file for a 20 sheet box of paper and another for orbital discs of each size.
Would be handy to have one a couple inches deeper if it was available, as it does get full when I restock everything with fresh 20 packs.

Best Luck.

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#5 posted 09-01-2018 01:39 AM

Luckily I have a vertical hardware store rack that came with a crapload of paper. Flooded but it still stands. Can’t beat free either.

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#6 posted 09-01-2018 03:22 AM

Luckily I have a vertical hardware store rack that came with a crapload of paper. Flooded but it still stands. Can’t beat free either.

- TheFridge

Yes, free is always good!!

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#7 posted 09-01-2018 02:58 PM

Nothing fancy, but works. You could make one that fits your discs on one side and sheets on the other.
Adapt the height for as many shelves as you need.

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#8 posted 09-03-2018 04:06 AM

I made a silar storage rack as to what jbay posted, only with drawers., lots of drawers. as in addition to the 40’60’80/100/120/160/240/320/400, there was also the wet/dry stuff, then another drawer for “used sma;; piedes. and another drawer for smaller sanding profile blocks. The drawers were deep enough to hold a sheaf.
And another drawer to hold a pletora of wet dry paper used for sharpening,

What prompted me to build that was two close together shopping trips to buy sandpaper, and at 70ish buck a sheaf, I realized I was not only perpetually shopping for sand sandpaper and what I had was in diisarray all over the shop, and the investment/cost was more significant than what I had assumed, ergo, organization was not only more efficient to find the paper I needed, but needed to realize the value of my investment, reduce further unnecessary expenditures and generally add to efficiency when it’s all in one place and easily found


The drawers wer only about an inch deep to reduce the likelyhood of “over-filling ” them- a trick I derived from the construction of machinists chest drawers…..only deep enough to hold what they were supposed to….ergo no digging to the bottom of a 6” drawer to find what you want!

Iffen you can find 5 1/4 floppy disc holders, they work real well to hold ROS discs in a semblance of order.I have a number of the 5 1/4 disc holders which you can almost fit two “contractors packs” in them, and mark them for easy ID, but I haven’t seen any of those in when they break I really regret itt

I have one in the truck, and the scary sharp psandpapers are in a plastic legal encolosure (?9×12)

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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