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Old Dec 28, 2008, 12:47 AM
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I've tried to use emery boards for sanding in small areas. Most of the time they are not suited. I'm talking about the thin cardboard type. They are flexible (sometimes a good thing but usually not) and the are not flat. I decided to make my own.

I used a piece of 1/16" x 3/4" aluminum stock cut to about 6" long. 220 grit sand paper is applied on one side and 150 grit to the other side. So far, it works great.

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Old Dec 28, 2008, 04:27 AM
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Nightz,

I've just finished making a few of these today. I've also stuck down a piece of 120 on my cutting board for finishing off pieces just cut.

James.
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Old Dec 28, 2008, 08:37 AM
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Great. Looks like an item to put on the market. With my limited time, i would
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Old Dec 28, 2008, 02:41 PM
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Great. Looks like an item to put on the market. With my limited time, i would
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Steve,
I've thought about this. I could use some extra cash to recycle back into the hobby.

I have other size aluminum stock. Some wider some narrower, and some thicker. I'm also working on square and rectangular tubes ( hollow in the center ). This allows you to lay one surface of the tube flat on your building surface and sand your material for a 90 degree finish. Allows give you more to grip on to when using a heavier grit paper. I'll work up some more samples. I'm trying to keep it quick and simple.

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Old Dec 28, 2008, 06:14 PM
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sadly someone else already does this, and more.

My MOST used tool is from here:-

www.permagrit.com

I use the staggered block and also the sort of rat tail rasp/file. It's superb for opening up holes that are a tad tight, and forming inside curves..
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Old Dec 28, 2008, 08:11 PM
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sadly someone else already does this, and more.

My MOST used tool is from here:-

www.permagrit.com

I use the staggered block and also the sort of rat tail rasp/file. It's superb for opening up holes that are a tad tight, and forming inside curves..
Great site. I had not heard of Perma-Grit before. However, I don't see any offerings on their site like I've shown in my photo.

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Old Dec 29, 2008, 11:39 PM
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Update -> Grit-Sticks

Hello,

I've been workinn on the Grit-Sticks a little more. I made several out of 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4" thickness stock. The 1/16" sticks are 6" long and the thicker stuff is 8" long. I've made a couple changes since the first one. I don't see a reason to round off the one end. It takes allot of time and is not necessary for my needs. If I make them for someone else, the could be rounded off if requested. Also, I've decided it's best to stick to one grit per stick. With multiples, it's easier to keep track of what grit is where when both sides are identical.

The 1/16 sticks are nice for slipping in narrow spaces but the I'm really liing the heft and feel of the thicker ones. All the new sticks vary in width from 1/2" to 1". My local source of stock is limited so, if I make many more, I'll probably order online.

I also need to work on my cutting methods. My band saw is for wood...I can't vary the speed for metals. I used a scroll saw to cut these. It worked very well. Once cut, I cleaned up the edges on a disk sander and then debured. Still kinda slow and my end cuts are close but too but not perfectly square.

I'll try and follow up with some picks tomorrow.

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Old Dec 30, 2008, 03:34 PM
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Grit sticks!

Rocko,

Good idea!
I use paint mixing sticks and glue the grit(sand paper) to it.
When they are used up, I toss them in the trash.

Daniel
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