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Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work? (Read 185 times)
 
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Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work?
Nov 3rd, 2017 at 7:36am
 
I am a flutemaker and sand a lot of flute blanks...not hundreds but enough to know about the wear and tear on my hands and repetitive motions. I have gotten better with my lathe tools to minimize sanding buttttt I still have to do some.

I was thinking on making something that would sort of have the shape of a flute or spindle and hold a piece of sandpaper...have a sort of 1/2 circle shape ...Have a way to hold the sandpaper with the screws or whatever out of the way and be easy to change the different grits. or change out the part holding the sandpaper to another one with another girt size (?) if possible quicklyI would use it while the blank is in the lathe but lathe not running and just go up and down the blank...It would have maybe a total length of 12" or so...   I have used the Sorby sandmaster but after a while they get where they dont work or spin that good anymore...I hope you all can follow this...


I have some arthritis and  am 61 and hands bother me some from so much work in plants and at home...Thanks for any help!!
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Re: Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work?
Reply #1 - Nov 3rd, 2017 at 8:11am
 
Vince Welsh has foam 3x5 blocks and sells 3x5 sheets of sandpaper; he also sells round foam grips that accept 3" sanding discs.  Both of these should have some give to conform somewhat to the shape of a flute.  Not a shaped backer pad, . . .
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Re: Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work?
Reply #2 - Nov 3rd, 2017 at 1:49pm
 
A formed or negative shaped backing pad will work but you'll still need to final sand with the grain to eliminate/hide scratches.
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Re: Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work?
Reply #3 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 2:18pm
 
I've sanded some home made dowels with a pool noodle split down the middle so that I end up with two pieces, each with a round "trough" down the length. I don't attach the sand paper. I just hold a sheet in place with my hand. Held loosely, the paper is pushed into the trough and I can sand the dowel. My pool noodle sanders are not 12" long, so that length may pose a problem for rigidity, but you can give it  a try. (As an aside, the outside of a pool noodle makes a great sanding block for cove-shaped picture frames.)
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Re: Making a Sandpaper "Holder" for Spindle Work?
Reply #4 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 3:24pm
 
Mike I may have an item to give you, give me a chance to find it and get a picture posted.
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Reply #5 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 5:29pm
 
Mike, this holder was gifted to me by an older carpenter where I work 3 decades ago. It's meant to be used while the Lather is turning but if you want it I can give it to you for simply the cost of shipping to you. Just let me know either way.
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Reply #6 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 5:37pm
 
Buck that is awesome and so generous of you.Im sure it will help me a lot..Ill pm you. Thanks!!!!
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Reply #7 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 5:43pm
 
Pm received Mike, Ill send to address you gave me on Tuesday my day off work. Im sure it wont be much money though.
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Reply #8 - Nov 4th, 2017 at 7:47pm
 
Thanks Buck,Hope I can return the favor sometime!

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