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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.
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/pag...at=1,310,41069

https://www.philadelphialuthiertools...4mm-thickness/


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Gotta be routers...small or large.

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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.philadelphialuthiertools...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.
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Very easily sharpened. Holds an edge well, even on mesquite and white oak.
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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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As an accessory I couldn't live without my linisher.
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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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