Crepe Block (Abrasive Cleaner)
The May 23, 2014 issue of the Wood Toy News (WTN) has certainly stimulated some tool talk.
So has the feedback to the Wood Toy News announcement.
In the article and video I discuss and demonstrate the use of a Crepe Block, also known as a Belt, Disc, Drum and Pad Cleaner or even more simply stated an Abrasive Cleaner.
As you apply the Crepe to the sanding drum, it heats up making the contact point sticky which is what grabs the debris from between the abrasive surface cleaning it.
Using a Crepe Block on you sanding drums, discs, belts and pads increases the life of the abrasive surfaces considerably.
It comes in many forms and sizes as seen in the photos below.
If you’re favorite tool store does not understand what you are talking about and looking for.
Print out the above photos to show them.
Cannot find any crepe … here are a couple alternatives.
Yes - You all looking at an open toed shoe or flip-flop.
The sole of this flip-flop is Crepe. It is quite commonly used in manufacturing child size flip-flops.
Dollar stores and discount stores would be your best source for these low cost Crepe block alternative.
Word of caution – make absolutely sure the sole is Crepe and not plastic. Plastic will destroy you sanding abrasive.
Another alternative is …
Yes, a white rubber hammer. I have used a black rubber hammer in desperation in the past but today Cynthia brought to our attention that the white rubber hammer is much better. No smell emitted when used.
So I went into the workshop and loaded up a sanding drum with debris and gave my old white rubber hammer a try … Worked like a charm.
Thank you Cynthia for the wonderful tip.
One really good feature is that this rubber hammer is quite common and available locally in most of your hardware stores. It is low cost, $7.99 CDN and always in stock.
OK, Forum members it’s in your hands now … who knows of other alternatives to Crepe that work?