Australian Woodsmith 17th June 2020

Curved Parts Sander

Sanding curved parts with power sanding equipment can be nearly impossible. Instead, I like to turn to hand sanding for smoothing these parts. To aid in sanding these curvy pieces, I always keep one of these bespoke detail sanders on hand.

PROPER SIZING. I size my detail sanders for use with 762 x 25mm sanding belts, but other sizes will also work. The important thing to remember is the shape of the sander. They are designed so that when gripped near the curved end, the belt is properly tensioned to stay in place. I usually cut them a little oversized and sand them down to fit.

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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.
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