Sander Discs - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Short Cuts: Hook-and-loop sanding discs can be reused more readily than adhesive-backed discs.

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Sander Discs



Hook-and-Loop Sanding Discs
The hook-and-loop sanding disc has all but replaced the adhesive-backed sandpaper. The reason is simple. Hook-and-loop sanding discs can be used over and over again, whereas the adhesive backed products get contaminated with sawdust quite quickly and the backing loses its stickiness.
 
Maintaining Sanding Discs and Belts
Most woodworkers use crepe rubber blocks to clean sanding belts and drums to extend their life. These same crepe rubber blocks can also be used on sanding discs.

Apply the block to the moving sanding disc or belt to more than double the abrasive life.
 

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The crepe rubber block cleans this sanding belt and will more than double the life of abrasives on all types of sanders
 
Perforating Sanding Discs
Perforated sanding discs are more expensive than the plain ones. You can do your own perforations. A template made from a scrap of plywood to indicate where the holes should be (for your sander) is all you need. Clamp the discs between the template and a piece of scrap, and drill with the appropriate drill bit.


Graham McCulloch
GRAHAM McCULLOCH is author of Workshop Shortcuts for Woodworkers Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., NY
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