A sanding block can make the process of sanding a whole lot easier, but what about sanding small objects that are too small for a sanding block? Rather then trying to move the sand paper over the object, it's sometimes easier to move the object against a piece of sandpaper. One problem with this though, is the sheet of sand paper tends to move around, so you need to use one hand to hold the work piece and one hand to keep the sandpaper from moving.
I needed a better way to sand the 24 different blocks that made up the blocks and marbles toy
I've been working on. I'd recently been reading about bench hooks and though maybe I could adapt one to my problem.
A bench hook is a simple jig made with a flat piece of wood and two cleats, one on the bottom and one on the top. The bottom cleat is held against the edge of your workbench or in a bench vise while the upper cleat it used to provide a stop for your work piece whether you're sawing, planing, or performing some other operation.
Fashioned after a bench hook, the sanding hook, as I'm calling it, has the same bottom cleat as a bench hook, but instead of another cleat on top, it has two hold downs for keeping a sheet of sand paper stationary.