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As I mentioned in another thread, I pick up old adages by people I've worked with over the years. An old timer I worked with said to me one time: If you need a tool and one isn't available, make it yourself. I do that constantly.

One thing I've come to find indispensable are sanding strips. What I do is rip 3/4" thick scrap pine into 3/16", 1/8" and 1/16" strips about a foot long. Then line up a sheet or 1/4 sheet of sand paper on the edge of the workbench, flood the surface with wood glue then use spring clamps to clamp the wood strips to it.

Sure you can buy sanding strips etc. but at a high premium. I buy sandpaper in 25/50 sheet packs and it works out to be about 30 cents a sheet. The beauty is you can make them thicker (less flexible) and thinner (more flexible) and I use the end to get into nooks and crannies. When it gets dull or clogged? Just trim it back with a utility knife.

Plus you can rip them narrower with a utility knife.

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