Sanding is easily my least favorite part of woodworking but I know that it is a very important step because sanding is one of the major steps that determine how you finished project will look. I force myself to take my time and do a good job, but that doesn't make the whole process any less tedious. The one hope I have is that I can come up with some accessories and modifications that can help, even in a small way, to make my sanding at least more bearable.

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 Here are a few of the things I do to help make my sanding jobs easier ... 

 Sanding Blocks
I sometimes purchase sanding blocks if I think they are unique, but I often just make my own from 2-inch wide stock I have left over from one project or another. I make my sanding blocks, 3/4" x 5-1/4" x 2"  and I also cut a slot about 1/4" from one side or the other, about 3/8" deep, although depth really doesn't matter too much as long as you don't go too deep. I use one of the Freud 7-1/4" circular saw blades in my table saw to cut the blanks and especially to cut the slot. I have found that a thinner slot works best for making sure the sandpaper doesn't slide around on the wooden sanding block.

Sanding blocks

Another thing I learned was that if you attached a small piece of that sticky-backed foam available from many, many different stores, that this also helps improve he quality of my hand sanding. 

 Sandpaper Cutter
I seem to be cutting my full sheets of sandpaper into smaller pieces of a fairly regular basis. For this, I made myself a small sandpaper cutter out of a small piece of leftover plywood I had laying around. I simply attached a hacksaw blade to one edge using bolts on each side to secure it to the plywood. I also marked the base of the sandpaper cutter with some lines so that no matter what sandpaper I am cutting, and whether it is vertical or horizontal cuts, I can make a good job of cutting the plywood. 

 

 Sand paper cutter

 Anti Skid Base
I found years ago, that the rubberized anti skid base that I purchased for my router, works exceedingly well on for my sanding jobs too, whether I am hand sanding or using my random orbital sander I always lay my piece of wood on the anti skid matte and sand away, The material stops the piece I am working on from moving around and protects it from further damage in the sanding process by ensuring it is sitting on a soft, well-protected pad.
sand paper non slip

Flat Surface Sander
For sanding small pieces it's often much better and easier to use sandpaper that has been glued down to a flat substrate material and more you wood over the sandpaper than the other way around. I use this sanding adaption a lot, especially for smaller pieces, especially for things like door knobs and handles because that way I can keep the ends even and flat and they just sit better when attached to my projects. 
sanding table blow

Lots of different options when it comes to sanding ...

Copyright Colin Knecht
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