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Homemade Sanding Tool

Old 01-15-2003, 01:49 AM
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Am I alone out here? When sanding any curved balsa surface such as fuselage planking, I like to use what might be called the "Cereal Box" sander - Raisin Bran seems to work the best! (Heh-Heh!) Take a piece of cereal box cardboard about 4"x4"; put the appropriate type sandpaper <u>under</u> it; hold it in your (sanding) hand as follows: palm down, thumb underneath, 1st three fingers on top; form the cardboard and (loose) sandpaper into a 1/4 cone shape; adjust the curvature to match the fuselage surface (as seen frt. to back), and start sanding (in the direction of the balsa grain, of course[!]). You'll be pleased at how effective this is! The sandpaper touches evenly in quite an arc and yields just the contour you're hoping for - no stubborn ridges to stick out , IF YOU HAVE USED A GOOD, SANDABLE GLUE.

The advantages in keeping the sandpaper <u>loose</u> are: it is totally under control of thumb & fingers; it's easy to change ends to even out wear (or to get extra mileage out of an old piece); the shape of the curvature is <u> infinitely variable</u> - (How about that, Engineers?); it's really cheap; the learning curve is rapid; and, finally, you can readily change the grade of the sandpaper you're using to suit whatever stage of the project you're in!
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I am no engineer but this sounds to me like a good idea, I'll be testing it soon.
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Sounds like a good idea ( another device to add to my sander collection).

I use similar sized chunks cut from an old mouse pad, the really dense foam rubber kind. The cardboard and the mouse pad may be good for the same things -- or not. A little experimentation is in order here.

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