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I got into woodworking when I wanted to make picture frames. In the construction of these frames i use a router to cut coves or grooves or what ever into the faces of the frames. I use hardwood tor my projects and so, the sanding of the faces with the router cuts in them is a pain and greatly distracts from the otherwise enjoyment that i get from making these frames.

My question is this, is there any power tool that is made to sand in these less than flat areas and if so, what are they?

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The Armstrong cordless...

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Dan's right. You could use a piece of dowel that matches your grooves and wrap it with sandpaper.
Another option would be to cut a strip of sandpaper slightly narrower than your groove, cut a slit with the band saw in the end of a 1/2" (or?) dowel. make the cut slightly longer than the width of your sandpaper strip and insert the strip into the saw cut deep enough so that you can use a rubber band on the slit to tighten the grip on the paper. Then chuck it in a drill.

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What is a Armstrong Cordless. Can't seem to find it on the web.

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Gosh, I had hoped that somebody would suggest something simplier that that. What is the Armstrong Cordless anyway?

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If you are using a quality bit in hardwood you should have little if any sanding required. Check your bits for sharpness. Look at taking a succession of small passes with a final smoothing pass.
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Jerry,
An "Armstrong cordless" is a humorous reference to sanding it by hand.

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Jerry, Using dowels or pieces of wood you cut to shape as backer blocks for your sandpaper works well. If you plan on doing a lot of these frames I suggest you look for a PC 9444 detail sander. They were discontinued but you often find used ones on craigslist ranging from $25-40. I have one and it works great for odd shapes and tight corners.
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These work well and you can find them from other companies.

Contour Sanding Pads - Woodcraft.com

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