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 oh yeah!
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.
Step 1: Materials
What we got here is, we got:
- 400 grit sandpaper
- a paint stirrer/thin strip of wood/plastic/whatever (i've used those plastic plant labels that come from nurseries - the ones with the plants' names printed on them - they're sturdy but flexible, great for getting around curves, shoe-polishing-style)
- duct or masking tape
- a scribe