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I like making picture frames, and finishing and sanding becomes a frustrating chore, at least until I found a set of sanding blocks that handles convex and concave shapes. Combined with the new flexible 3M sanding sheets and prep and finishing all the nooks and crannies goes quickly. Another favorite is the Wixey digital angle gauge.

These are small, inexpensive items that make woodworking easier and more fun. What are your favorite small accessories, and why? How/where did you find them?
 

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Tom, where did you find the sanding gizmo's?

I use these miniature Card scrapers on every project.
Miniature Scrapers - Lee Valley Tools

https://www.philadelphialuthiertool...mini-card-scraper-set-of-5-2mm-4mm-thickness/


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Got them at Rockler, they were on sale when I visited. Rockler Contour Sanding Grips | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. On sale now for $12. I also have a flat set that has a wedge shape. They work best with the ultra flexible sanding medium by 3M, which lasts many times longer than paper.
 

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For scrapers, these have become my favorites.
Wood Furniture Mouse

Very easily sharpened. Holds an edge well, even on mesquite and white oak.
From Stewmac.
 

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One of the tools that I grab the most is a fractional/metric caliper. I have the 6"/15cm one from LV. I'm constantly using it to check thickness, length, or depth. It also tells me whether something is metric or imperial. Imperial/Metric Vernier Calipers - Lee Valley Tools
 

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I'm with Gene. Router. Well, that and a hammer.
 

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My 6'' Lee Valley steel ruler and my machinists small square. I can't think of a project I have done without them. Before I took a fine woodworking course 10 yrs ago I used a 25' measuring tape and a larger type square. They are used for layout and tool set up and the small square is also used to check boards after joining. I have these in my apron all the time.
 

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OK, let me add some essentials I forgot about earlier .

A mechanical pencil, a good eraser, a ruler, and a spiral school notebook, for rough sketches. Then a 1/4" graph notebook for final designs. This is pretty much all I have used for my designs for years.
 

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Thinking about it, knowing the quantity of mistakes I make, my middle finger gets a work out. It's a tool of frustration expression. Doesn't help much, but along with a few choice words, it saves windows from what ever throwable tool that's nearby.
 

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Thinking about it, knowing the quantity of mistakes I make, my middle finger gets a work out. It's a tool of frustration expression. Doesn't help much, but along with a few choice words, it saves windows from what ever throwable tool that's nearby.
I've got a small stand, with a 2-3" thick top, that I use when tacking my masters down. At times, taking a hammer and just whacking the crap out of it can be very stress relieving.
 

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I've got a small stand, with a 2-3" thick top, that I use when tacking my masters down. At times, taking a hammer and just whacking the crap out of it can be very stress relieving.
Thanks. However, I'm afraid that if I laid hands on that hammer, I'd have to go outside to retrieve it. Then fix the window. :surprise:
What I need is not a stress/ frustration/ rage reliever but an intense anger management course.:wink:
 

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Thanks. However, I'm afraid that if I laid hands on that hammer, I'd have to go outside to retrieve it. Then fix the window. :surprise:
What I need is not a stress/ frustration/ rage reliever but an intense anger management course.:wink:
A few years back, I walked into my buddy's shop to help with a project, just as a propane torch bounced off the wall about 4' from the door. He had been heating laminate strips for edging on a countertop with a tight corner radius and had just snapped the fourth or fifth try. Not an auspicious start to the work day..............

As far as small tools, I find the Woodpecker's Delve square to be both useful and handy - the older all-aluminum model.
 

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There's a powertool that uses that type of blocks from Porter Cable, it's called the "profile sander". I think it may be discontinued but there's plenty of them around used on E-bay.


There's also an oscillating tool profile sander head from Integra available that does the same thing to be had for a song (around $12). They're on Amazon.

I'd post the URL's but I'm new here and haven't made 10 posts yet.
 

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There's a powertool that uses that type of blocks from Porter Cable, it's called the "profile sander". I think it may be discontinued but there's plenty of them around used on E-bay.


There's also an oscillating tool profile sander head from Integra available that does the same thing to be had for a song (around $12). They're on Amazon.

I'd post the URL's but I'm new here and haven't made 10 posts yet.
that PC model is a joke...
try out a multimaster w/ PSA paper and you'll have something...
 
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