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Udie

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Universal Sanding Block for 120 - 220 - 320
How many times have you said this in your workshop?
   Where is my 120 grit sandpaper?
      Where is my 220 grit sandpaper?
         Where is my 330 grit sandpaper?
            Where is a block of wood to wrap it around a flat surface?

I do not know about you ... but I say that to myself all the time in the workshop.
I have lots of sandpaper of various grits and all kinds of scrap wood and I am sure you have also.
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All I want to do is quickly round over a corner and take the sharp edge off the sides of a piece part.

So, here is my solution ... make a Universal Sanding Block.

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What is so special about this 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" sanding block?

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Three (3) of the four (4) surfaces have been affixed with three (3) different grits of commonly used sandpapers.

Double sided tape was applied to the surfaces and then the sandpaper was applied and trimmed to size.
Now I have three (3) grits on a flat surface in one place.
   I do not have to look for the sandpaper.
      I do not have to look for a block of wood.
         I do not have to cut another block of wood from the scrap bin.

I just have to grab my Universal Sanding Block, orientate the side I wish to use and sand away.
Without getting off my work shop chair I can round over my piece part and remove the sharp edges.

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When the sanding grit gets burdened with debris, no need to change it right now, all I need to do is rub the surface with my Crepe Block and it is good as new.
Extending its life before it gets to the point where it must be replaced.

I think you just might like to make one for your shop also.
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Udie -
Another great time saving tip.  Thanks
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Udie
   Great idea, and I know it will work.  I like the two sided nail files  for sanding for the same reason, no searching for the right grit, so having three sides all together would be a good thing.
   One question however,  and this may sound dumb, but why not put the sanding paper on the 4th side as well.  Seems like you already have to hold the block by the sand paper anyway.
Thanks for the great idea, and another great presentation.

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Ken - I did consider that but you know what ... I could not decide which grit I should put there.
I think I will wait to see which side wears down the quickest and use the same grit on the fourth (4th) side also.
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thats some good tips there udie i think the only thing is that your have to make a few of these as you will put the block some were safe  and forget were you put it.

Gary - Good idea, I will have to do that, thanks - Udie

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Udie. I have a tin full  of bits like them good idea on the block.
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Gary -
   After reading your reply post you got me thinking - where would be a safe place for the Universal Sanding Block.
   First thing that came to mind is ... It must be at arms reach from where I work.
So using a common Bulletin Board Magnet and a large washer I came up with this idea.

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You have seen photos of my shop before and on the doors of the cabinet I already had a magnet hot melt glued to the frame (lower red one) for my dial calipers. So I added the upper one, the green one.
Then I hot melt glued a large washer to the Universal Sanding Block.
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In the photo below, you can see how and where I mounted the Universal Sanding Block and where I store my dial calipers. Both are at arm's reach from where I normally work at the workbench.

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So, Gary - thanks for the idea of needing a safe place - Works for me [thumb]

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Thats good tip udie, it's funny after i said that i had made a sanding block up and wander were to put it. what i did was glue the magnet on the side of mine and put it on the side of the fileing cabnet in the workshop easy to get to and hope it want get lost.
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a little update  the other night my girlfriend was filing her nails after she was done i looked at the the nail file and  thought that sort of file might be handy so i came up with these they are cut from 6mm ply thats about 20mm wide and 150mm long i used tape to hold the sand paper in place and have 2 grades on each one files plywood.JPG  and glued a magnet at the end to stick to to the filing cabnet.hope this might be helpfull to some one 

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Gary good idea on the magnets as well. Roly
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I just use the foam sanding blocks that are used to sand down drywall compound.  They come in fine
and medium grit, fit the hand well and can do contours.
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