Save those “used”sanding belts to make specialized sanding tools. All you need is the belt, a pair of scissors, some two-sided carpet tape and a little imagination. Here’s a couple of ideas to get you started.
Stick two-sided tape and a piece of sanding belt on the outside of a hole saw to work like a drum sander. We recently made some decorative scallops on a board by drilling evenly spaced 3-in. holes with a hole saw, cutting it lengthwise to create “half holes.” We then used our hole saw drum sander to finish sand the scallops in just seconds while preserving the contours of the scallops.
Add two-sided tape to paint stir sticks and pieces of dowels or molding, then apply sanding-belt strips for all those project corners and shapes a power sander can’t touch. Sanding belts are tough, unlike sandpaper, and the files and sanders you make from them can last for years.
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