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Semi-homemade sanding sticks

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Semi-homemade sanding sticks
Posted by BorisBaddenov on Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:48 PM

Hello,

Sanding sticks made for modeling seem expensive to me.  The ones my wife uses for her fingernails seem to be the same thing (almost), but they are very coarse.   I've come up with a way to buy cheap nail-file sticks and replace the sand paper.

In the photo below, working left to right, I start with the original nail-file.  Then I peel off the 100 grit paper (2nd from left).  3rd from left shows the double-sided tape I've applied and trimmed.  4th stick shows where I've put 600 grit on half of the stick.  The stick on the far right is 600 grit and 1200 grit.   This entire process takes less than 5 minutes and when the abrasiveness on one of "my" sticks wears down, I just peal it off, reappl the double-sided tape and sandpaper of my choice.  

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:48 PM

For small surfaces I've been using coffee stir sticks (sometimes broken in half) in the same manner.

You can write the grit info on the stick.

https://www.bazaargadgets.com/image/catalog/products/homegarden/kitchendiningbar/100PcsDisposableCoffeeWoodenStirStickTeaStirSticks-SKU155940-descriptionImage0.jpg

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Posted by mawright20 on Saturday, January 16, 2021 6:34 PM
Brilliant!
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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:48 AM
I use double stick foam tape from 3M to adhere the sand paper to the stick. It's a little more forgiving and they look and work just like the store brands. If you need more flexability substitute strip styreen for the wooden sticks and you can cut them to any desired shape as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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