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  1. Building a Better Sanding Block

    Build your own Better Sanding Blocki

    Sanding blocks come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials. In past issues of this blog we have shown methods for making custom sanding blocks from auto body filler,  packing foam, and a deck of playing cards. One type we have seen used in most every shop consists of a wood block inside a sanding belt

    Typically, these sanding blocks are pretty crude: just one or two pieces of wood cut to fit inside the belt with some sort of wedge pressed in to tighten the fit. We have made and used them, but they rarely work as well as desired. The primary problem stems from the ability to maintain a tight fit.Pieces for the Better Sanding Block

    Belts tend to vary slightly in size and will stretch with use, which is why all belt sanders have spring-loaded tensioning devices. Ideally, a block to fit inside a sanding belt would also have a tensioning system, and in building our Better Block Sander, we will show you how to create your own tensioning system using inexpensive materials.

    Our Better Block Sander starts with a piece of 3/4" plywood or MDF, ripped to the width of the belt and cross cut to be about 1/2" shorter than the inside of the belt. One end of the piece of wood is bevel cut at 1/2" deep and 1-1/2” long. The block is then cut in half to accept the tensioning system.

    Drilling holes in the face of the sanding blockThis design uses 3/8" aluminum rods and a pair of springs to keep the sanding belt under tension. The rods keep the block halves aligned and the springs apply the necessary tension.

    Start by marking the block halves on the mating faces just cut, and drill two 1/2" diameter holes 1/2” deep in each face. This step is really the only one that requires any accuracy;  you need to ensure that the holes line up as precisely as possible.

    Parts of the better sanding block, ready to assemble

    Once the 1/2" holes are drilled, a 3/8" bit is used to drill 1-1/2” deep holes centered on the 1/2" ones, creating 3/8" holes with 1/2" counter bores.

    Purchase a length of 3/8" aluminum rod and a pair of 2” long, 1/2” diameter springs at the hardware store. Cut two 3-1/2” long sections of rod, then scuff sand one end of each section and epoxy the scuffed end into one of the block halves. The other end remains free to slide in and out of the block to allow for tensioning the belt

    Assembling the Better Sanding BlockOnce the epoxy is cured, place the springs over the rods, slide the two block halves together, compress it and place the sander belt over the block. When released, the springs keep the block tight against the inside of the belt during use. (photo: BB Sander Install)

    We use sanding blocks like this for all sorts of basic tasks around the shop, especially for flush-sanding parts, easing edges, and removing burrs. Although one block can be swapped out easily with different grit belts, they are cheap and easy to make, so it makes sense to create a dedicated block for each grit you use.

    The finished Better Sanding Block

    This is just one more way to get more from the sanding supplies you have around your shop. We’d love to see the sanding solutions you have devised for your shop!. Feel free to tell us about your brainchild here, or reach out to us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

    Happy sanding!

  2. 2Sand Launches a New and Improved Sanding Supplies Website!

    We are pleased as punch to announce the launch of the new, mobile-friendly 2Sand.com website! The team at 2Sand worked hard to bring you a fresh, contemporary look and a streamlined sanding supply shopping experience that you can easily use from any device. We’re rather happy with the result and think you will be too!

    Visit 2Sand.com for all your Abrasives and Sanding Supplies

     

    Immediately, you’ll notice the site’s increased speed. Pages load quickly and you can navigate from one page to another at a fast pace. This is a huge advantage, especially for mobile shoppers, allowing you to complete your sanding supply order quickly and get back to your busy day.

     

    Buy your sanding supplies at 2Sand.comSpeaking of being able to get back to your busy day, we’ve added product categories with images on the 2Sand.com home page to help you find the sanding supplies you’re looking for quickly and easily. So, whether you’re looking for sanding discs, sanding belts, sandpaper sheets, or abrasive rolls, you’ll be able to find products that meet your sanding needs fast!

     

    Fast, Easy Abrasives Shopping Experience Desktop View

    Once you navigate to a sanding product category, you can then shop either by browsing through all products or quickly and easily narrowing your search by utilizing the Shopping Options in the Shop By column to the left from your desktop or opening the Shop By menu from your mobile device. There you’ll be able to choose from a series of dropdowns, allowing you to refine your sandpaper product search by options such as category, diameter, length, vacuum-hole pattern, abrasive material, backing material or whether or not the product is waterproof. Each option has a dropdown with it, letting you narrow your search even further!

    Shop for sandpaper from your mobile device Mobile View

     

    And who couldn’t use helpful information when shopping for sanding supplies? We all can, right? Well, that’s what we thought too, so we added a Helpful Information section under the product description that gives you info like what the abrasive material is, the grits the product is available in, attachment method, vacuum-hole pattern and more!Useful information about your sanding supplies

     

    One of the most helpful updates to the site is in the product pages. When you go to order a product, a quantity dropdown opens up, allowing you to select a quantity of 0-9, practically eliminating ordering the wrong quantity accidentally. Need 10 or more of an item? No problem! Just select “More…” from the dropdown and type in the quantity you want. This is especially handy when you’re ordering large quantities for your business!

    Buy abrasives and sandpaper in the quantities your business needs.

     

    We’ve improved the checkout process too! Not only is it faster to load and review, but also more condensed. And we’ve expanded the payment methods available to you too. Now you can choose to pay by credit card via Visa, AmericanExpress, MasterCard and Discover, or you can choose to remit payment through your PayPal or Amazon Pay account. It’s really just up to you!

     

    Customer reviews on sanding products Product Reviews on 2Sand.com

    And let’s not forget customer reviews. We’ve made them more prominent so that you can read about what other shoppers think about the product before you decide to buy.

    We could go on and on about the many new and improved features of our website, but the best way for you to know about the new site is for you to take a look around. After you’ve had a chance to explore the site and shop for your sanding supplies, we invite you to reach out and tell us what you think about it.

    We’d love to hear from you!

     

  3. Not Just Discs and Sheets!

    For many people, sanding supplies are all about sanding discs, sandpaper sheets, and sanding belts, but abrasives come in many forms beyond those.

    Drum Sandpaper Roll

    Drum Sanding Roll Drum Sanding Roll

    For example, there are a number of drum type sanders on the market that require roll sandpaper of various sizes. Some brands require smooth back that is clipped onto the drum and others use hook and loop. Although these sander manufacturers sell rolls for their machines, they are not always the best value. Did you know for example, that a drum sander can use 3, 4 or 6" wide rolls interchangeably?

    Narrower rolls of paper are also available in 1-2 inch widths that are excellent for use at the lathe. Sanding a series of turned chair legs can use up a fair amount of paper rapidly, so having rolls of varying grits on hand can speed the process along quite well. Just tear off a strip you need and sand away! The narrow roll can conform quite well to beads, coves and other details.

    Non-Woven Abrasive Pads

    6x9 Non-Woven Hand Pad Assortment - 2 pads of each color 6x9 Non-Woven Hand Pad Assortment - 2 pads of each color

    And abrasive particles are not the last word in sanding supplies. Non-woven abrasive pads are a great option when cleaning up finishes between final coats, removing rust from cast iron table tops and smoothing fragile surfaces such as polyester castings.

    No matter the abrasive task you may have at hand, remember that what is hanging on the wall at the home center are not your only options. There are a great many varieties of supplies and should not be an afterthought. You put a lot of work into the task at hand, and your abrasives are another tool to be used. Choose the form as carefully as you would select the proper saw or router bit. It is not just about sheets, disks and belts.

    As ever, we invite you to share your thoughts and knowledge with us by commenting here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or via Twitter. -2Sand.com

    And if you like these blogs, be sure to share them with friends and co-workers!

  4. Pad Protectors, Mandrels, and Feed Belts

    Multi Hole Protectors, Feed Belt, Disc Holder Multi Hole Protectors, Feed Belt, Disc Holder
    Finding a pad protector that fits your sander exactly may be ideal, however, there are some situations where you will want to purchase our multi hole pad protectors, which fit most sanders. Another sanding accessory we offer to make your job easier, is a disc holder, specifically mandrels, turning your power drill into a power sander. Rounding out our theme of sanding accessories, you will love our selection of feed belts for drum sanders.
    So, read on, maybe learn a little something, and feel free to share your comments and unique sanding ideas by reaching out to us at service@2sand.com, through Facebook or on Twitter. For more information, check out our blog as an intro guide to pad protectors.

    Multi Hole Pad Protectors

    Multihole Pad Protector Multihole Pad Protector

    When you cannot find pad protectors to fit your sander, our multi hole pad protectors make a great solution, as they are a close fit for most sanders. One example of when this problem may occur is with Festool sanders, as they come with 9 holes. At 5 pads per package, our options are cost effective.The multi hole pattern works perfectly with the mesh design of Mirka Abranet Sanding Discs.

    Disc Holders and Mandrels

    Disc Holder Mandrel Disc Holder Mandrel

    Now, you can easily use your portable drill for small detail sanding jobs with our 2 inch and 3 inch diameter disc holders and mandrels. For those beginning woodworkers, mandrels are a more specific disc holder, specifically for portable drills. The ¼ inch diameter shank on the mandrel/holder is a perfect fit for most portable drills.

    Feed Belts for Drum Sanders

    Feed Belt for Drum Sander Feed Belt for Drum Sander

    Save over 50% compared to the original equipment manufacturer. Usually shipping in 2-4 business days, we make it easy to replace your feed belt for your drum sander. We have many sizes made with 120 grit to fit various machines. Having trouble finding a feed belt for your drums sander? Contact us, and we can custom make one just for you!

  5. Pad Protectors for Business and DIY Hobbyists

    For the first time you, can get a pad protector to match your sander exactly! Even during normal use, the hooks on your sander can be damaged or sanded off. Now you can protect your back up pad without sacrificing dust collection. These pad protectors are cut to fit your your sander and help protect the hooks on your sander's back up pads. Burn through these much more inexpensive protectors instead of having to replace your sander's back up pad. Interested in learning more about pad protectors? Check out our previous blog, an intro to sanding pad protectors.
    So, read on, maybe learn a little something, and feel free to share your comments and unique sanding ideas by reaching out to us at service@2sand.com, through Facebook or on Twitter.

    6 Inch 6 Hole Pad Protectors

    6 Inch 6 Hole 6 Inch 6 Hole Pad Protector

    Do you have a 6 inch 6 hole Sander? Finally, you can get a Pad Protector that perfectly matches your Sander, allowing you to maintain the great dust collection you love, while protecting your expensive back up pad! 6 inch sanding discs cover more area than the 5 inch sanding discs, and our 6 inch 6 hole pad protectors provide protection for the hooks on your sander's back up pad. The 6 holes on the pad protector help with dust collection to prevent loading, as well as creating a better fit for specific sanders. Our packs of 5 make them very cost effective.

    5 Inch 5 Hole Pad Protectors

    5 Inch 5 Hole Pad Protector 5 Inch 5 Hole Pad Protector

     

     

    At long last, now you can get the most out of your 5 inch 5 hole sander! Use these pad protectors to protect your valuable, and pricey to replace, back up pad. Just like all our other pad protectors, you can maintain the dust collection that makes your sander such a great tool. Our 5 inch 5 hole pad protectors work great with matching sanding discs. Given they come in packs of 5, they are a great deal compared to replacing back up pads.

  6. Sander Pad Protector Tips - Interface Pads

    Our last blog was an introduction to pad protectors. Now that you have a sense of what pad protectors are and why they're important, we are going to give you some tips about when to use a pad protector versus some other sanding accessories. As previously mentioned in our

    5 Inch 8 Hole Pad Protector 5 Inch 8 Hole Pad Protector

    other blog, pad protectors are great for protecting the hooks on your sander's back up pad, and protectors with holes matching your sander are more effective for dust collection to prevent loading.

    Interface Pads

    When doing contour sanding and working those curves is more important than dust collection, you may want to consider interface pads. These sanding accessories make life easier by providing some give on the sanding disc, allowing it shape to the curves. Our interface pads are 3/4" thick and are available in a variety of diameters.

    5 inch Very Soft Grey Interface Pad 3/4" thick 5 inch Very Soft Grey Interface Pad 3/4" thick

    You can even punch vacuum holes to make the pad fit your sander if you want, since they're foam. Because of their location between the disc and the back up, they inherently protect the hooks as well. Hope you found this blog helpful and keep an eye out for our next blog, which will feature more about pad protectors, along with some information about mandrels/holders.

  7. Intro to Sander Pad Protectors

    Pad protectors are important for sanders, because they protect the back up pad on the sander. The hook and loop backings help provide better grip for the sanding disc. 2Sand carries a variety of diameters with different vacuum hole patterns, so you are sure to find the right sanding disc and pad protector to fit your sander.

    5 Inch 8 Hole Pad Protectors

    5 Inch 8 Hole Pad Protector 5 Inch 8 Hole Pad Protector

    5 inch 8 hole pad protectors, naturally, are made to work best with our 5 inch 8 hole sanding discs, but they also work great with Mirka Abranet if you are using a 5 inch 8 hole sander. This size is perfect for furniture or cabinet making. Our packs come with 5 pad protectors, so burning up the hooks on these, as opposed to the sander's back up pad, is more cost efficient. The 8 holes make dust collection very easy when paired with a vacuum system and dust shroud. TIP: Dust bags are great alternatives to a vacuum system.

    Solid Pad Protectors

    Solid Pad Protector Solid Pad Protector
    Those who use their sanders on a regular basis have probably invested in a sander with a vacuum system and dust shroud. Those who use their sanders every so often, have probably purchased one that fits their needs, without the additional systems. Solid pad protectors and solid sanding discs are perfect for the latter, as the solid pattern does not allow for vacuuming the dust. The solid pattern can, however, work with almost any sander and number of holes, as you can punch holes into them.
  8. Stocking Stuffers for Woodworkers!

    Do you have a loved one who spends hours in a workshop, garage, or shed? Are you having trouble finding stocking stuffers for them? Fear not! Below, we will show you some inexpensive and easy to purchase specialty sanding products and sanding accessories you can drop into their stocking!

    Sanding Detailer Sticks

    Sanding Detailer Stick 24 Pc Standard Kit Sanding Detailer Stick 24 Pc Standard Kit

     

    Sanding detailer sticks are great for hard to reach spots with three working areas: tapered, flat and round. With the belt rotating easily, the entire abrasive will be used. Each of our sanding detailer stick kits come with 5 replacements belts for each grit.

    Sanding Disc Holders

    Hook and Loop Sanding Disc Holder Hook and Loop Sanding Disc Holder

     

    Disc Holders with hook and loop pads help make sanding with sanding discs easier, because they enable quicker changes! Some projects, like bowl sanding, require different sanding discs with different grits, by sanding from lower grit through higher grit sanding discs. 2Sand provides both R-type and Hook and Loop disc holders. We carry various sizes so that you don't go through sanding discs as quickly, as 3" sanding discs have twice the surface area of 2" sanding discs.

     

    Non-Woven Hand Pad Assortment

    6x9 Non-Woven Hand Pad Assortment - 2 pads of each color 6x9 Non-Woven Hand Pad Assortment - 2 pads of each color

    Our 6x9 non-metallic, non-woven abrasive hand pads are versatile and perfect gifts, as they can be used for several types of projects. They can be used for furniture stripping, wash down, and final rub-out of finishes in between coats of sanding sealer and finishes. The pads can also be used to remove rust and clean metal, and can perform all these functions without leaving metal fibers behind on the work surface. Shown here is the assortment pack, which is great as a gift, as you may not know which exact one your beloved woodworker needs!

    We hope you were able to find some ideas to fill stockings this year! If these aren't quite what you are looking for, feel free to check out our other sanding accessories and specialty sanding products! We can also provide custom sandpaper, like sanding discs, sanding belts, and more. Happy Holidays from all of us at 2Sand.com!

  9. A Gift of Plans for Your Gifts

    As of this writing, there are 42 shop (not shopping) days until Christmas. If you are organized and on top of your game, you have everything finished and waiting to be wrapped. If you are like me, you are still scrambling for ideas!

    As an early gift to you, we are passing along a number of sources for free or inexpensive plans. With time short, we will concentrate on reasonably simple projects that can be completed in the time left!

    Normal Sanding Resources

    Your first stop probably should be the websites of your favorite woodworking magazines. Most have all sorts of free plans available for download, as well as a great many more in their online stores. I have made several gifts over the years from the pages of Wood, ShopNotes and Woodworker's Journal.

    Lots of personal and business websites feature plans as well.  Minwax too has free plans they publish to encourage customers to try new projects. (using Minwax products of course!)

    This time of year, your poor mailman is overloaded delivering extra Holiday sale flyers and catalogs. These can be an excellent source for inspiration as well. Ralph from ConsultingWoodworker.com, who writes freelance articles for woodworking magazines says that this is one of his best sources for inspiration. The Lee Valley Christmas Catalog is always a great source of cool gift ideas (for them AND you) as is Sky Mall if you happen to be traveling by air this season.

    Sanding Products

    Of course, this would not be the 2Sand.com blog if we did not remind you to stock up on the sanding supplies--like sanding discs, sanding belts, sandpaper rolls, and even sanding accessories--you need to finish your gift projects! You do NOT want to find yourself on Christmas Eve with no more 220 grit! (Don't ask me how I know this)

    As ever, we welcome your comments, suggestions and questions. You can share them by commenting here on this blog, on our Facebook page, or via Twitter. -2Sand.com

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