Most Incredible Sanding Block

For the final sanding of a prize project, it’s hard to beat good old hand-sanding. When you put away the power sanders and carefully hand-sand with the grain

spongy sanding block

For the final sanding of a prize project, it’s hard to beat good old hand-sanding. When you put away the power sanders and carefully hand-sand with the grain—using finer and finer grits of sandpaper—you’ll produce a smooth surface to take pride in for years to come. To make your own “super hand sander,” glue a piece of computer mouse pad or other “closed-cell foam” to a wooden sanding block. This creates a firm yet giving base that gently increases sanding torque on flat surfaces and convex corners while ensuring a flat, scratch-free surface. Use a heavy coat of photo-mount spray adhesive or rubber cement to glue the mouse pad to the block. Apply adhesive-backed sandpaper to the block for the beginning sanding steps. Since extra-fine sandpaper isn’t widely available with adhesive backing, apply ordinary extra-fine paper to the block with a light coat of photo-mount spray.

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