Step 1: Items Used
Yellow wood glue
Sand paper – I used 100-grit and 280-grit Plastic
drop cloth – I used a plastic grocery bag
Marker – used for labeling the stick
Step 2: Glue the Sticks Together
I try and make more sanding sticks than I need; since I am already set up and have everything out.
I put plastic down to have a place for the sticks to rest while drying.
I let them dry overnight.
Step 3: Size the Paper on the Stick
I put the paper in between the two sticks.
I keep folding it over (or around the two sticks). You are going to wrap over the flats 3 times.
Step 4: Rip the Paper to Size
Step 5: Slide Out and Slide In
Then the last or ripped side of the paper needs to be folded back into the middle. See diagram.
Now the glued sticks need to be slid back in, pinching the paper.
Step 6: Finish by Labeling
I used a permanent marker to put the number on the open wood handle of the stick.
The tail or the end of the paper that is not actually on the stick can either be left on or cut off.
I am pleased that the master silversmith that I study under, still uses the sanding sticks that I made him.