Sanding Blocks

A sanding block, in its simplest form, is a rectangular block of wood around which you wrap a piece of abrasive paper. A typical sanding block is about 2 inches

To make your own sanding blocks in any size or shape, you need a wood block, contact cement, a felt or ioam rubber pad, and sheet sandpaper

Make the block the shape needed for the work at hand Glue pieces of wood together if necessary The advantage of homemade blocks is their custom shape

When the cement dries lo the touch, carefully place the cemented sides together As soon as they touch, they bond permanently

Coat the wood block with contact cement: allow to dry Repeat on one side of the padding

Cut the sandpaper sheet so the piece is as wide as the sanding block and long enough to wrap around the block

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These are typical hand sanders that you can buy at your home center Seteci models that work besi for you

Wrap lhe paper around the block lightly As paper becomes worn, shift the wrapping to expose new sanding surfaces

Here is the finished block, ready for work. Hold [he paper in place as you work, or use a rubber band as an anchor wide and 4 to 6 inches long. For smaller work, you can make smaller blocks. Holding the sides of the block, you apply one face of it to the surface to be sanded, and work the block back and forth with straight-line motions. The job is much smoother if a small felt pad is placed on

These are typical hand sanders that you can buy at your home center Seteci models that work besi for you

Wrap lhe paper around the block lightly As paper becomes worn, shift the wrapping to expose new sanding surfaces

Here is the finished block, ready for work. Hold [he paper in place as you work, or use a rubber band as an anchor

When using any type of power sander. always sand with the grain Don't press loo hard on the tool: just guide it back and forth slowly and let it do the work.

the block before the paper is wrapped around it. This cushions the paper and prevents uneven sanding.

Purchased Blocks It takes only a few minutes to make a sanding block, but you will find several types of hand sanders at your home center that arc both convenient and inexpensive. All have some type of clamp to hold the abrasive paper in place, built-in felt padding, and (usually) a comfortable gripping surface that makes them easy to control.

Techniques Whether you buy one or make one, you certainly should own a sanding block and use it in the great majority of your sanding work. Asa matter of principal, always use a block when sanding Hat surfaces. A block is necessary when you sand up to the edge of a table top or when sanding a square runner or rung. By holding the block absolutely level on the surface, and providing even pressure on it, you keep the edge square. If you use a folded-paper pad and finger pressure, you will tend to sand too much at the very edge, and will end up with a surface that dips downward right at the edge.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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