Custom sanding block

■ The best sanding block is one that matches the shape to be sanded. But where do you find a sanding block to match the shape of a large cove? (Like on the seat of the Shaker Bench.)

The solution I came up with was to make my own custom sanding block from a lV^"-thick scrap of foam insulation board.

shape the block. First, bandsaw or file the foam block to rough shape, see left photo.

Then, to smooth out the shape, place a piece of adhesive-backed sandpaper across the cove and rub the block across the sandpaper, middle photo.

sand the cove. To use the sanding block, remove the sandpaper from the workpiece. Then stick a new piece of sandpaper on the coved face of the sanding block, see right photo.

A piece ofStyrofoam insulation board can be used to sand an irregular shape. First cut the sanding block to rough shape.

Smooth the shape of the sanding block by rubbing it across a piece of sandpaper stuck to the surface of the workpiece.

Noiv peel the sandpaper from the work-piece and stick a fresh piece of sandpaper on the block. Then sand the workpiece.

A piece ofStyrofoam insulation board can be used to sand an irregular shape. First cut the sanding block to rough shape.

Smooth the shape of the sanding block by rubbing it across a piece of sandpaper stuck to the surface of the workpiece.

Noiv peel the sandpaper from the work-piece and stick a fresh piece of sandpaper on the block. Then sand the workpiece.

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