Sanding discs tend to curl up when not in use. I find this a real hassle when trying to place a PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) or hook and loop disc on my sander, especially if I don not get it on straight the first time. So I came up with a small shop jig that helps keep them flat.
When I need a circular workpiece for a project, I don not try to get it perfect the first time. Instead, I start by cutting the workpiece to rough shape. Then to make quick work of sanding the edges smooth (and getting the disk perfectly round), I use a simple sanding jig and a disk sander, as shown in the photo at left.
Cutting sandpaper to size for power sanders and sanding blocks becomes a lot easier when you use this jig to both measure the paper, and cut it straight in one quick move. You can alter step widths to accommodate custom sanding blocks you might use in your shop.
All you need to build this sandpaper storage organizer is 3/4 and 1/4 inch thick plywood, a jigsaw, sander and glue. Thats it! Build one for your workshop and get your sandpaper discs organized.
When used for alignment purposes, chamfered dowels insert more easily. The chamfered ends also create glue space for strong dowel joints. This simple jig allows you to create evenly chamfered ends time after time.
This ShopNotes magazine issue covers projects and articles such as making a Jointer Push Block, a Vertical Raised Panel Jig, Tuning Up Your Router, techniques on Edge banding Plywood,tips for Ripping on the Table saw, Tool Storage System for portable power tools, a discussion on Lumber Grade, and five workshop tested solutions (Router Bit Depth Gauge, an Adjustment Block for your Router, Installing Threaded Inserts, Squaring Up Large Panels, and a Cork Bottom Sanding Block).
A sanding drum makes quick work of smoothing an edge profile rough-cut with a jig saw. You might think you need a drill press or spindle sander to keep the sanded edges square to the surface, but a corded electric drill, shop scraps, a few dollars worth of hardware, and a set of inexpensive sanding drums will do the trick too.
Sand perfect round-end cutouts on your drill press or spindle sander. When forming cutouts like those used in handle pulls, the cutout edges must be sanded. To get consistent results, here is a simple guide you can make in a hurry. You can make one to fit any size sanding drum.
Here is a different kind of woodworking jig. After you put a smile on the face of this project, it will do the same for that special youngster. Workshop Tips included: Make a wedge shaped sanding block.
Here is a no nonsense router jig that helps you trim solid-wood edging perfectly flush with plywood panels. No more heavy sanding and no risk of sanding through the thin plywood veneer. The jig base and handled fence enable you to safely keep the router stable and square on the workpiece.
This ShopNotes magazine issue covers projects and articles such as an Indexing Jig for your router table, shop made Drill Bit Case, perfect sequence for Perfect Mitres, heavy bench Lath Stand, practical tips for Layout Techniques, new Sanding Products, Six Shop Solutions (Pipe Clamp Edge Vise, Supports for Cutting Plywood, Auxiliary Band Saw Fence, a Tip for Rust Removal, Glue Brush Tip and a shop made Cord Tie) plus a discussion on Full-Extension Drawer Slides.
Use this three-tiered pastry stand, sometimes called a dumb waiter, to serve fresh pies or display colorful houseplants. To make the tiers, we fashioned three plates using a router and templates. Also, we have included a drilling and sanding jig which comes in handy while making this pastry stand. The three trays, which make up the stand, measure 10-1/8, 11-1/16, and 12-1/16 inches in diameter.
This ShopNotes magazine issue covers projects and articles such as Drill Press Table Counterweight, Pipe Clamp Rack, Radial Arm Saw Return, Random Orbit SSanders, Hand Plane, Portable Miter Saw Station, Sharpening with Sandpaper, Seven Shop Tested Solutions (Frame and Panel Jig, Sanding Belt Storage Rack, Tip for Clamping Edging, Plugging Mortises, Peel and Stick Veneer Tip, No-slip Waterstones, and a Guide for Power Sanding), plus a discussion on Plywood Grades (various grades and uses).
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