Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 23

Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 23

Custom Sanding Blocks for Any Moulding

Hand-sanding curved surfaces on mouldings, handrails and other work is difficult to do efficiently, and it can be brutal on the fingers. I've learned that using a mirror-image sanding block makes all the difference. To make a sanding block that you can shape to suit your needs, begin with a thick piece of rigid foam insulation (available at home-supply stores) or Styrofoam you saved from the packing material around your latest piece of stereo equipment. The block should be as thick or wide as the section you want to sand.

To shape the block, first lay a piece of #220-grit sandpaper grit-side up against the surface to be sanded. Then rub the sanding block against the paper in a straight line until it conforms to the shape of the surface, as shown at right. After that, simply wrap a fresh sheet of sandpaper around the sanding block to sand your workpiece, this time grit-side down. It's amazing how much more efficient and comfortable this is than if you use your fingers as a backer.

Linda Denny Houston, Texas continued on page 22

Wrap a fresh sheet of sandpaper grit-side down around block

Rub foam block over sandpaper

#220-grit sandpaper, grit-side up

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