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hi all ken martin has said before about using nail files for sanding. and i can say they work well last week i went into my local pound store and inside i found a pack of 40 nail files 10 each of 4 girt grades in a pack £1.00 also found some nail buffer pads pack of 4 but these had a diffent girt on each side file/shine/smooth/buff i found the last 3 very good for rubbing down paint between coats of paint. i have added 2 pics here of the ones i got so if your in the uk and a pound store near you they might be  helpfull in your toymaking you are after.gary

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Gary - Great tip. If I ever get a chance to be in England, for sure I'll check out what you call a 'Pound' store, sounds a lot like our 'Dollar' stores we have hear.
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Hi Gary

Thanks for expanding on the nail file tip.  
As you start to use them you will find more and more ways to use the nail files and the nail sponges.

One great use is when you are painting axle pegs and have over spray on the peg stem that will be used inside the body of the vehicle to glue.  The nail files take off the extra paint fast and easy and are so much easier to hold than sand paper.
If you have a bunch of them to do, chuck them in your hand drill, turn on the drill and just hold the file up to it as it goes around.  Simple.

I also like to use then on round over edges on my toys.  The file will make short work of the router marks, and the pads finish all the edges.

When you have smaller places to get to, take one of the files and cut it in 1/2 or 1/3 on the scroll saw or band saw.  Now you have smaller ones to get into the tight spaces and for sanding along tight curves.

I find a new use for them almost every week.

Happy Sanding.  [crazy]

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Thanks Gary - I do like using the nail files as well but never thought of the buffing pads.  Good one!!
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I use those too! Thanks for the tips. I do want add, I've noticed some have a sight curve to them " )" so you need to watch when sanding a flat surface.
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i'm glad members found this usfull. udie the pound shops sounds the same as your dollar shops you can get some good items in there we also have 99p shops if you go there you can get them 1p cheper then the pound shops. ken martin thanks for the info they are good for sanding dowlls the buffer pads are really good for sanding between coats of paint.gary
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Good One Gary
Thanks for sharing.
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