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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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I have been trying to find an easier way to sand grooves! I have a core box bit that I use to create juice grooves in cutting boards. I currently am hand sanding these using steel wool and a rubber contour sanding grips. The problem is, it takes forever if I use actual sand paper. Steel wool works better but it also wears out quickly. Both methods take a lot of work to create a nice finish.

Are you guys aware of any sort of sanding bit that can be used in a dremel tool? The problem I have with most of these bits is that they are to harsh and want to remove a lot of wood or end up leaving burn marks. I am thinking along the lines of a polished finish.

Otherwise I would love to hear how other people sand in situations like this!
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You could use a dowel the same diameter as your grooves. Wrap the sandpaper around the dowel. Then you can use it as a round sanding block. The contour sanding pads for these types of situations are the most popular way of doing this. I see you tried this method. Maybe take a second light pass with the router to clean it up so you don't have as much sanding.

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Porter Cable makes an excellent profile sander with an optional dust collection hose kit.(It should be standard!) If you have a large amount to sand this is the way to go.
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Unless you're going to be making huge numbers of these, sandpaper on a dowel is the best way to go. I do stuff like this daily and that is the best method I know of. OPG3
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Thanks for all the ideas guys!!! I will probably try the dowel solution first since it is not expensive and pretty simple. I might mess around with making a dowel that I can attach to my drill. Not sure if it will work but it's worth a try.

Also, I ended up coming across another solution similar to the sanding mops. Maybe a little more controlled that that though.

Professional Sand-O-Flex Contour Sander - Woodcraft.com

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Be careful if using the sanding mops. You can easily round over the edges of your grooves ruining the profile.

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HI Brad

Pull out some 3/8" dowel rod ,cut off a 6" long stick, take it to the band saw and cut a slot in it, about 2" long, slip the sand paper in the slot with a little masking tape to hold the paper in place and then chuck it up in your drill.." called a flap sander"

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Thanks for all the ideas guys!!! I will probably try the dowel solution first since it is not expensive and pretty simple. I might mess around with making a dowel that I can attach to my drill. Not sure if it will work but it's worth a try.

Also, I ended up coming across another solution similar to the sanding mops. Maybe a little more controlled that that though.

Professional Sand-O-Flex Contour Sander - Woodcraft.com

Thanks again!!!

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