I’ve been chipping away at my staircase and entry project for weeks now. I’m finally in the home stretch I promise you.
Last week I took a trip to Las Vegas for my baby sisters wedding and now I’m back and in full effect.
It’s rare that I call myself a genius but today I feel like I have a real reason to. As you know, I spend a lot of time building. I spend an equal amount of time making last-minute trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s. Every time I start a project I found myself running there for a new sanding block. I tend to pick up the 220 grit and the 320 grit most often.
Regardless of how resilient they claim to be, they always seem to wear out fast. One day while walking the aisles in Lowe’s I came across this little tool.
You wrap a pre-cut piece of sandpaper around the base and then tuck the edges of the paper underneath the top piece. You then screw the little bolt in the top to secure the paper. I have to admit that it works fairly well and costs roughly $3 each. I found that the size has its limitations. Why stop at just this 4″ long piece? Why not make it in a plethora of sizes.
That’s when the Genius kicked in.
I can make my own for pennies and have whatever size I need at the drop of a hat.
Before they made those fancy sanding sponges and blocks, there was just sandpaper. And sandpaper is cheap. I’m talking (3) 9″x11″ sheets for less than $4. This is the good stuff, you can get the basic stuff for even less.
That’s about $1.33 per sheet and if you can get four pieces out of one sheet then were are talking $0.33 per sanding block. Now for those of you who prefer to pay quadruple what you need to then stop reading this now. I’m assuming that most of my readers are of a particular audience and prefer to cut cost whenever they can on the things they use most.
Here are the supplies that you will need.
- Sheets of sandpaper of various grit.
- Scrap pieces of 3/4″ thick lumber.
- 3/4″ self tapping screws (so you don’t have to drill pilot holes)
- Drill/Driver or screwdriver if you don’t have a drill.
- Permanent marker (not shown)
- 10 minutes
To get started, find some scrap pieces of lumber. If you do any type of home improvements & DIY you are sure to have some. Here is what my garage scrap pile looks like. I also have a pile in my workroom as well as my basement. I save almost all of my scraps. You never know when it may come in handy.
Pre-cut your sheet of sandpaper into four pieces. Then line the edges of the wood with the edge of one of the sides of the sandpaper.
Holding the paper taunt against the piece of wood, crease the paper in all edges so you will know where to cut.
Its ok if the paper doesn’t fit exactly around the entire piece of wood. It only needs to fit just enough to place the screws.
Now remove the paper from the piece of wood.
These sanding blocks are perfect for jobs that require a little bit of force while hand sanding. You are totally in control of how much material you remove.
Like when rounding corners on a bevel cut.
Now that I have my Cheap & Easy Sanding Blocks, I’m ready to tackle my latest hurdle. Sanding all of these nail holes in my board & batten.