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11-22-2013 06:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sandpaper sanding sponges

I make lots of pieces w/ either quarter-round or half-round edges. Since there are usually some burn marks, I end up sanding these contours. I’m using mostly maple, so it’s tough going. I’ve been using scraps of sandpaper, but it’s hard to keep track of these, plus it’s fatiguing on my old hands.

In the past, I’ve used sanding sponges, but that’s not something you can buy from Ace, HD, etc. So what brand of sanding sponges do you use? I found one source which looks pretty good:

A good idea for “stocking stuffers”!

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 06:42 PM

I’m pretty sure I bought my sponges at Lowes. 3M I think.

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 06:44 PM

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 07:36 PM

I make my own and much prefer them to the store bought ones. I get some 6mm craft foam from the craft store and glue it to a scrap of wood that measures 5 1/2” x 2 3/4”. Then I just wrap 1/4 sheet of sandpaper around it and away I go. Here one I have had around for as long as I can remember.

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 08:03 PM

Thanks to all for your suggestions. CharlesNeil: Looks like the “Rhinosoft” pads don’t offer any grits below 180. Am I missing something?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 08:07 PM

I use the purple 3M ones from Sherwin Williams.

Mainly the fine and X-fine for finishing as they never seem to wear out and a medium for sanding contours or breaking edges on raw wood.

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 08:25 PM

I got mine at Lowe’s…3m. I use the coarse ones all the time on the shop…fine ones when i Patch drywall…

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 09:26 PM

Unfortunately, we don’t have a Lowe’s any closer than Knoxville, where the traffic is a nightmare!

CharlesNeil: I found the coarser grits elsewhere on the site you recommended. Thanks!

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 12:24 AM

Why not just stick some sand paper to a matching piece of cove molding or PVC?

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#9 posted 11-23-2013 01:13 AM


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#10 posted 11-23-2013 01:21 AM

Slow the grit mobile!

”Since there are usually some burn marks”,

Leads me to believe you are moving too slow through the cut, the bit is dull or the router is spinning too fast.
change one or another, (probably speed of router), and see what happens.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 11-23-2013 01:59 AM

I buy mine at Home Depot. 3M seems to be one of the best choices.

Norton Paper Quality of any kind seems to have gone downhill in the last year or so. I use to buy there Best Grade as I did the last time. For The Pits!!

Good Suggestion from “Dallas”.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 05:29 AM

jasoncarpentry, I agree with Dallas in that you are probably moving too slow!

But, when those burn marks do rear their ugly appearance, I use the sanding sponges for round overs as I feel that the “give” of the sponges do a very good job on the corners … better than anything else I have tried. I buy mine at OSH, Orchard Hardware Supply, which has about 90% of my wood working supplies except for lumber. 3M, and sometimes Norton, are the brands I use. I have never bought any online or even price checked to see if I can get a better deal!

I was them out after using them which I don’t know how it affects the life of the sponge.

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#13 posted 11-23-2013 02:54 PM


I think you posted this in the wrong place.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#14 posted 11-23-2013 03:09 PM

I buy my sanding supplies from here. They have from 60 grid on up.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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