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Forum topic by SMP posted 11-29-2021 04:24 PM 653 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2021 04:24 PM

Making some small gift pieces using my belt/disc sander. These pieces are really small and have accidentally sanded my finger tips a couple times. Its 120 grit, but even a second is too long. Tried using normal bandaids. They help take the brunt if one touches but looking for something a little tougher. Something that will provide more “meat” than a bandaid but rip off if it catches too much, while still providing the dexterity of bare skin or bandaid. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 11-29-2021 04:27 PM

Electrical tape is what I use for bandaids in the shop. Might work for your purpose?

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#2 posted 11-29-2021 04:28 PM

Electrical tape is what I use for bandaids in the shop. Might work for your purpose?

- HokieKen

Any certain type? I think I have Super 33+ from doing car audio installs. i know some are stretchier and have other properties from others

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#3 posted 11-29-2021 04:34 PM

I’m pretty sure mine is 3M but can’t swear to it. I’m not particular. Just so long as it’s fairly elastic and stick to itself well. I like it because it’s tougher than a bandaid when I’m working, doesn’t catch on stuff like splinters like bandaids can and the elasticity lets me use it as a snug covering for a small cut or a tight turniquet for a big one :-) Avoid the latter!

For your situation, I would think that the smooth surface and toughness would prevent it catching on the paper but also not get sanded through before you realized it was touching. Purely a theory though, never used it for that specifically so take it with a grain of salt…

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#4 posted 11-29-2021 05:11 PM

Why not use a clamping jig for repeat work.
For one off jobs, use vise grips.
Vise grips are PITA to clamp every time, but it’s better than bleeding fingers.

Might look at Swingline rubber finger tips from office supply store? Fits your description: more meat and slips off if it catches. They work well for avoiding paper cuts in office. They come in different sizes

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#5 posted 11-29-2021 05:23 PM

Maybe some finger condoms?

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#6 posted 11-29-2021 05:40 PM

Ok will try some tape and if that don’t work will see if office borg has some finger condoms.

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#7 posted 11-29-2021 05:53 PM

I love the Swingline finger tips above. Mine were a little loose, so I wear two at a time. Gives tight fit for me and extra heat protection. Amazon has them too.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 11-29-2021 06:49 PM

i use the finger rubbers for reloading and misc things where i need a little more grab, my fingers get so slick and well sometimes i either don’t squeeze tight enough or too tight, that age thing,

on another note the anti vibration gloves and misc, i’ve purchased are ok, i just get cramps in my hands as i need to hold everything tighter, ugh,
happy days
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#9 posted 11-29-2021 07:04 PM

I’m naturally averse to any hand coverings near rotating machinery. Too many people with less than enough fingers because the glove / tape / bandaid /etc got caught and dragged down.

Take it like a man, man (lol)

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#10 posted 11-29-2021 08:24 PM

I recently picked up some 8 mil nitrile gloves by Gloveworks to wear in the shop. An old neck injury has left most of my fingers with less than stellar touch sensation. Got tired of playing the game “where’d that blood come from” in the shop.

I don’t know how they fair against a sander but I can attest they will take a light hit or two from the wire wheel on the bench grinder before they tear through.

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#11 posted 11-29-2021 09:01 PM

I learned my lesson with wearing nitrile gloves while using my disc sander. The sander pulled the glove into the 1/8” gap between the table and the disc forcing me to pull back hard enough to tear the finger off the glove. To add insult to injury, when I turned the sander on the next day, the finger of the glove came flying out and hit me in the eye (yes I had glasses on)

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#12 posted 11-29-2021 09:18 PM

Glue or tape the sandpaper down flat and move the piece by hand. If the pieces are that small a power sander is overkill (as you are finding out.) Hand sanding works well on small pieces as power sanding takes off too much material too fast as well as being a hand/finger risk.

NEVER wear gloves with power tools—if they snag they can drag your hands in. Use gloves while humping lumber but not when using power tools.

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#13 posted 11-30-2021 06:31 PM

It sounds to me like this is a case of the wrong tool for the job. If the piece is that small, it probably should be hand sanded…

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#14 posted 12-02-2021 12:18 PM

I have used the leather fingertip carving protectors (there is a separate one designed for the thumb) with the assumption that you can pull your finger out should they get caught but I also make sure that the gap between the table and the belt is really tight to reduce the chance there is room for a finger (or small part) to get pulled into the gap in the first place.

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#15 posted 12-02-2021 03:36 PM

The narrower the gap, the more likely the material is to snag. Us really old people who were “trained”, rather than self taught from others and nowadays utube, had it drummed into us every day.
NO gloves, NO long sleeve shirts with undone cuffs, NO long hair, NO ties, NO finger jewellery. Better to lose a bit of skin than a finger or more.

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