I'll admit, this one is a bit of a low fruit on the DIY tree. BUT if you don't know it, it's not so remedial is it?.
I remember - very clearly - the excitement I felt when I learned this tool-making technique in the summer of 2005. See? It made an impression. So let's call this one, "fundamental."
What's so great about sanding sticks is that they are like renewable, endlessly-customizable files. Plus, you can make them with sandpaper that is much *finer* than a file; a 400 grit sanding stick is great for *just* breaking a corner on an otherwise very precise, angular project.
So if you're hearing about sanding sticks for the first time: welcome.
check out a wonderful use for sanding sticks
and an ingenious variation on the theme
I made this sanding stick at TechShop Detroit! www.techshop.ws
and I'll let you in on the back-story: I made these to finish WEDDING BANDS FOR MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW-TO-BE! I'll share some info on that in the near future.