DIY WOODWORKERS TOP TEN TIPS.pdf


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Tip  1: Make   reusable   sanding  
blocks

• Assemble  the  sanding   blocks
• Glue   four  blocks   and  cork  pads  to   a  sheet  of  sandpaper.  
Then   cut   the   sandpaper   with  a   utility  knife.
• Foam  sanding   sponges   are   a  great   invention.  They   excel   at  
sanding   curved  surfaces   or  drywall-­‐taped  inside  corners,  but  
they're   a  bit   expensive  and  not   practical   for  sanding   large,  
flat   surfaces.  Make   your  own  reusable  sanding   blocks  for  
much  less.  Here's   how:
• Cut   six   blocks  from  scrap  3/4-­‐in.  plywood  for  each  
sandpaper   grit   you  commonly   use.   Make   them   2-­‐1/2  in.   x  4-­‐
3/4  in.  Spray  adhesive   on   both  a   square  of  cork  tile  and  10  of  
the   blocks.  (Buy  a   package  of  four  12-­‐in.  cork  tiles  at   a  home  
center.)  Stick   10  of  the   blocks   to  the  cork  and  cut   the   cork  
flush   with  a   utility  knife.  Then   spray  adhesive   on  a   sheet  of  
sandpaper   and  stick   on  six  of  the   blocks  cork  side   down  as  
shown.  Cut   the   sandpaper   flush   with  the   cork,  and   label   the  
blocks.
• When   you  wear  out   all   six   of  a   set   of  sanding   blocks,  soften  
the   adhesive  with  a   hair  dryer,  peel   off  the   old   sandpaper  
and  apply   new.