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Australian Woodsmith 6th November 2019

Sandpaper Storage

I use a quarter-sheet finishing sander quite frequently in my workshop. To make changing paper as quick as possible, I like to keep sandpaper cut to size and ready to use at all times. But storing and organising these small sheets can be a hassle, not to mention that they have a tendency to curl. To solve both of these problems, I made this storage grid for one of my workshop drawers.

Storage grids. My storage system consists of narrow pieces of plywood, joined with notches to create the grid. These notches are easy to cut using the table saw. The nice thing about this storage system is that it can be customised to fit the inside of any available drawer space.

Keep them flat. In order to keep the small sheets of sandpaper from curling in the drawer, I added blocks of plywood with a dowel handle to each bay. A label on each block makes it easy to select the grit I need.

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