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Australian Woodsmith Tip 26th September 2018
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Sandpaper Dispenser

Self-adhesive sandpaper is great, but it can be difficult to cut it cleanly from the roll. So I came up with this handy dispenser to solve the problem. 

It consists of a plywood base sandwiched between two guide rails. One of the rails has a tall face at one end with a dowel mounted on it. The dowel allows the sandpaper to unroll easily. 

A plywood strip with an added hacksaw blade lets you cut the paper to length. By installing a measuring tape along the guide rail, you can measure out the precise length of sandpaper you need before cutting it (photo, above).

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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