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Default Tip for sanding very small pieces

This is tip is probably obvious to all but I'll pass it on in case someone needs to sand a very small part that is difficult to hang onto and isn't sure how to go about it.

I had resawn some padauk to a thickness of about 1/32" on my bandsaw and needed to clean up the saw marks. I tried my usual method of laying sandpaper flat on the table and sanding by moving the work on the paper but I couldn't hang onto the thin pieces.

That's when I realized there had to be a better way.

My solution was to attach the piece to be sanded to a larger scrap with double-sided tape and use the scrap as a handle for sanding. It worked perfectly. Since the pieces were thin, I used a putty knife to peal it off the carrier scrap without breaking anything when I was done,.

Oh, and the reason I needed the thin material was for the bottom of a VTB (Very Tiny Box) I was making. I think I have reached my limits for tiny boxes with this one.
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Thanks for the tip. I also use D sided tape to hold pieces from slipping when drilling. I've used it to hold onto wood too small to grip when sanding too.

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Double sided tape is great stuff
As I young machinist years ago I used it to tape thin phenolic to the table of a horizontal milling machine and would gang mill multiple slots with many slitting saws lined up on the arbor
Did it uncountable times,that material was under increadable cutting pressure and never had it move
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OK...now that I've seen it on your thumbnail, I'm really impressed!
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Thank you Oliver.

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What!

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I'll assume those very tiny boxes are to hold very tiny stuff, eh!
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Nice box. Do you use a respirator when you work with padauk? It gives me the sniffles and my eyes water when I sand it.
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Nice box. Do you use a respirator when you work with padauk? It gives me the sniffles and my eyes water when I sand it.
No respirator, just my usual dust mask. The padauk made fine dust and it seems like it gets on everything. I spent a lot of time vacuuming my table, the sandpaper, and myself after sanding.

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