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I've become a frame maker and nothing has been more annoying than sanding the curved surfaces of the material.

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a set of Innovator Contour Sanding Grips at Rockler. and some 3M Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets. WOW! Worked on a frame (Cherry) this morning and had the sanding done to 220 grit in about 20 minutes! Last time was two and a half hours, with a long break in the middle to let the cramps in my fingers go away.

These grips are great and I can't recommend them highly enough. A sufficient variety to handle most curves. The use is obvious. The price is $15. You will need the 3M flexible sandpaper, which can be had in sheets or rolls from Lowes or HD. Not cheap, but they really last. Here's the link:Rockler Contour Sanding Grips | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, and a picture from my shop.
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Tom I have seen those on several sites and they look like they would work good. I can see where you would really enjoy them.

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Thanks for the tip Tom, I'll have to remember you when I have to need to know who makes them and where to get them. It looks like it will be a while before I'll have a need for them.

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... It looks like it will be a while before I'll have a need for them.

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@bryansong Are you taking a break for awhile? Or just doing different problems.

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@bryansong Are you taking a break for awhile? Or just doing different problems.
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I know I'll have to make my new son-in-law his Christmas present because I've already made something for all of the rest of the kids and their spouses.
My daughter and him just bought a new home and I think he could use a work bench. He's a banker and not a builder of any sort but every home owner needs a work bench. I've already been looking for ideas.

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@bryansong I understand about family stuff and how much work a yard can be. We don't have any grass, but an acre of native species plants on drip. Lots of work. This fall will be about trimming everything back, growth went nuts when my wife accidentally left the drip system on for 3 days.
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Thanks, Tom. Another item for my new basement workshop!
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Those grips look a lot better than wrapping the flexible sandpaper around a dowel and trying to hang on like I usually do. Thanks Tom, I'm going to order a set.

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Anyone unfortunate enough to have bought a PC Detail Sander years ago when they were making them has a set. The sander tended to dig holes. I had trouble getting adhesive backed sandpaper to stick to the profiles so I gave them a coat of Lee Valley fish glue and that fixed the problem. I also glue paper to wooden dowels with the fish glue. Fish glue is water soluble so you can wet them and peel the old paper off and reuse them.
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Yep, those are excellent!! I have I think now, 3 sets. 1 set I've left alone, the others I've cut up over time to use in tight places or just to fit a particular application. Once 3M came out with the flex sanding sheets, just made em all the better to use.

Excellent tip Tom...

What I do, is I have a plastic parts divider, kind ya pick up just about anywhere. 12 x 18 or sumptin like that. I keep an assortment of small firm rubber pads, my sanding grips, an assortment of body shop pads, various thickness and length of dowels and a bunch of odds and ends that I've found works for me when it comes to sanding. Just nice to keep all that kinda stuff in one place, even if that place moves around the shop all the time..
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