DIY Sanding Cord - for Wood Turners




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I was making some very small dollhouse furniture on the lathe and was having trouble sanding tight small grooves. They make sanding cord for this but I figured out a great alternative.

This is so simple and works very well for the intended purpose.

Step 1: Grab Some Fabric Backed Sandpaper

Any fabric backed abrasive will for this. Sand"paper" with a paper back will not work for this.

I'm using some from a wood turners pack.

Step 2: Find Scissors

Tear/cut off about 10-12 inch piece from the roll. Using scissors make a small slit about 1/16th -1/8" from the edge. Then tear off that strip lengthwise.

What you will have is a small strip of sandpaper about 1/8" wide and 10-12" long.

Step 3: Find a Drill

Using a drill motor, close the chuck on one end of the strip of sandpaper.

Step 4: Make the Cord

While holding one end of the strip, run the drill and make the paper twist nice and tight, but not so much twist that it begins to ball up. Stretch it a bit to help form the new shape.

Step 5: Ta-Da

Loosen the drill chuck to remove the strip and ta-da, all done.

This DIY sanding cord works just as well as the real deal.

Thanks for looking

Happy turning!

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    2 years ago

    Thank you! Great for some small areas that have "burrs" in sewing machine repair, too.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    As the others say; a great idea brought to function! I use the cloth strips from a box of 6 different grits for wood turning also. This was a wonder idea that I can use. Thank you for offering it!

    The Rambler

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! I'm sure this would have come in handy on tons of products I've already done and I can't wait to put this to use on the next one.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't even know there was such a thing, nor did I know I needed it. Now I do. Thank you!

    1 reply

    Very ingenious instructable! We use sanding cords in shop class almost daily, never thought of making them. Good luck in your contest!

    Have a great day! :-)

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