On Tue, 11 May 2004 09:23:37 -0400, "Alexander Galkin"
fair enough, and you have gotten some good as well as smart ass
there are lots of methods and no rules.
take a sheet of sandpaper. lay it over your profiled edge, creasing
and bending it so it lays tightly against the wood, abrasive side
down. spray a glop of polyfoam insulation onto the back of it. when it
hardens you'll have a single use sanding block.
make a piece of wood that fits same as above. attach sandpaper and you
have a reusable sanding block.
purchase a profile sander. some people swear by them, others swear at
them. my porter cable one doesn't get much use, but sometimes it's
very handy. the fein one is more versatile, but not so good for
fold, roll up and cut to shape bits of sandpaper and use them between
your fingers. no matter what else you do, you'll probably end up doing
some of this.
Well, first you sand the parts that are across the grain. That way you take
out any scratch marks that may get on the width the grain direction should
you inadvertently get any,
If you have something that matches the profile you can wrap whatever you are
sanding with around it or just carefully sand by hand
First question is: What's the purpose of the sanding? Is it following a
In this forum the majority of non professional workers use routers to
generate profiles. Properly sharpened routers run at the appropriate speed
and at the correct feed rate produce near perfect profiles which require
little or no after machine work. Occasionally, due to grain irregularities
you can get tear out especially if you are trying to take too deep a cut;
you also have fibers, normally on the top edge, which aren't properly
For this type of clean up work I use various grades of non-woven abrasives,
if you're not familiar with them they are an alternative to steel wool, they
come in many different formats, some suitable for use on ROS or orbital
sanders, others in hand pad form. Grits range from very coarse to ultra
fine suitable for de-nibbing after varnish operations.
You need to tell us exactly what you're trying to do.
Never tried this myself, but remember seeing it in one of the ww mags within the last
couple of years. Form a profiled sanding block
from Bondo - the auto body filler - using the raised panel (or scrap cut to the same
profile) as a mold with something thin and
flexible (aluminum foil, plastic wrap, ... ?) as a release film. Then use the Bondo
profile as your sanding block.
I can easily imagine profiles for which that would not be satisfactory but for yours
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