DIY WOODWORKERS TOP TEN TIPS.pdf
Tip 1: Make reusable sanding
• 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
• 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.