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Forum topic by HammerH posted 09-11-2019 02:57 AM 399 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2019 02:57 AM

With my first woodworking project I bought a bunch of sandpaper in large sheets, thin strips and discs. Would love to know if anyone has any storage solutions for keeping it all organized.

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#1 posted 09-11-2019 03:21 AM

Your nearest office supply place will sell you a literature organizer with as few or many sheet sized slots as you have grits:

Or with that pic make your own …


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#2 posted 09-11-2019 12:28 PM

Office supply stores have all kinds of configurations for storing and sorting papers. Buy or build after getting inspiration at the store.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 09-11-2019 12:50 PM

My grandfather always kept it in a hanging file drawer with the grits written on tabs in numerical order.

I have a similar setup, but my drawer was too big for a hanging file setup. However, a lot of plastic milk crates (not real milk crates, but designed to look like milk crates) have a way to hang file folders. So that sits in a drawer with sanding pads and holders.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#4 posted 09-11-2019 01:27 PM

Sheets I keep in a hanging file box with tabs like Tony described, the discs have their own drawer but a neat trick (if you can file) is to use one of the old floppy disc boxes. You sometimes see these at Goodwill, the Habitat Restore, etc.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 09-11-2019 10:37 PM

All great ideas! I like the file hanging box so I can take it on the go.

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#6 posted 09-11-2019 10:39 PM

Those are all great ideas. I use a lot of 1/4 sheet pieces for detail work. I threw together the unit in the photo below one day. Very similar to Madmark’s suggestion, but specifically sized for 1/4 sheet pieces. You can see in the second photo a cutting fixture attached to the top to make the cut I use in the three-fold folding method I posted about here. The knife is a cheap one I keep on top of it, and the dowel is to roll the folds flat. Most other paper I keep in its original box in a storage container and just cut the sizes I need when I need them.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#7 posted 09-12-2019 03:33 AM

Here’s mine. Fun project.

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#8 posted 09-12-2019 07:21 AM

+1 on plastic box for hanging file folders.

The smaller 8-12” deep portable versions can get really full if you try to keep a full selection of papers for wood finishing, auto paint finishing, and micro grits for sharpening. Work great for wood papers alone, even buying bulk packs. But I had to move up to a larger plastic file box from Staples, that is plastic version of banker’s box for my collection.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#9 posted 09-12-2019 04:02 PM

I use a file box with hanging folders…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#10 posted 09-12-2019 04:20 PM

Accordion file works great.

I stash recent receipts in the first slot in case I need to return something later.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 09-12-2019 05:02 PM

here is mine. it’s an old brochure rack.

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#12 posted 09-12-2019 08:59 PM

Thanks all are great, now leaning toward the accordion file since I really don’t have a workshop and work in various indoor & outdoor areas around the house.

On another note, is there a way to Like posts here?

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#13 posted 09-12-2019 09:16 PM

On another note, is there a way to Like posts here?

- HammerH

You just did. There’s no like button, but it sure is nice when someone comes back like you did and says thanks. You got some great ideas. Good luck and have fun.

-- There's no such thing as a careless electrician

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#14 posted 09-12-2019 11:40 PM

I was just on this task today…. I am setting up my new shop and tired of curled and crushed sheets of sand paper, as well as having no idea what I have already. In fact, when I dug out the bin that had all my sanding stuff, I realized I have a metric s-ton of 220 and almost nothing in the higher grits.

So in a quick search this afternoon, I came across this video: (I
‘m not sure how to post links). While his is a little bit of a joke, I like his design a lot and decided to use it to build my own.

I basically made a box with an open front and top that measured about 12×10 inside out of plywood. I ran two dados down the backs and then cut up a half sheet of 1/8 tempered hardboard for the dividers. The hardboard dividers have tabs on the front, like file folders and kinda like this guy’s and two tabs, or ears, on the back to hold them into the dados.

I used a table saw, my table saw crosscut sled and my bandsaw to crank the whole thing out in about two hours. start to finish. Oh, I did also use my narrow crown stapler and some glue to smack it together quickly.

It is one of the most ingenious ideas I’ve come across for sandpaper storage and works like a charm. Now, I know what I have, what I need and have a place to store it all, together!

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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