. #8x1" Fh woodscrew

Sanding Block

I wanted a hand sanding block that uses ordinary sheets of sandpaper. Instead of buying one, I decided to make my own. The sanding block you see in the photo at right is the result.

The block uses an interlocking design to clamp the ends of the sandpaper. The two base pieces lock together with a sliding dovetail created by a rail and a retainer that doubles as the handle. As you can see in the right drawing, the rail fits through a slot in the upper base and the retainer slides over the rail. This keeps the sandpaper flat and allows me to use the maximum sanding area of the paper.

With this shop-made sanding block, my sanding projects turn out flatter. Plus, the sandpaper lasts longer in the block.

Richer Roy Crabtree, Quebec

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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