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Sanding-disc organizer

A simple system to keep abrasive discs flat and at the ready for quick mounting

Ever been frustrated trying to align the holes in a sanding disc with the holes in a random-orbit sander's pad? If so, then you'll appreciate this simple storage and organizing system designed by WOOD® magazine reader and professional woodworker Tom Frazier. This fixture stores three grits of 5" hook-and-loop discs on short pieces of dowel that index with the holes in the sander, making alignment foolproof.

To use the organizer, place the sanding discs over the dowels grit side down. Then just press the sander onto the dowels for surefire alignment. Each section holds about a dozen discs. A cap keeps them flat and clean.

Building a disc dispenser is easy. Cut a base to the size shown from scrap 3/4" stock. (Tom used MDF because it stays flat.) Then rout the top edges with a 1/4" round-over bit. Next, cut a 1/4" hardboard cap, center it on the base, and temporarily tape it in place.

Mounting the dowels accurately is no problem. Use a sanding disc as a guide, and follow the three steps shown in the drawing below. Whether your sander accepts 5-hole or 8-hole discs, three dowels hold each disc securely in place.

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Comments (6)
Great Gray wrote:

stanbondinc You seem to be unaware of sandpaper's tendency to curl especially in humid areas if not held flat.

8/27/2013 05:06:46 AM Report Abuse
stanbondinc wrote:

Didn't understand why the hardboard cap is used. Is this just for setup, or permanently attached to base?

8/22/2013 01:42:30 PM Report Abuse
2gun wrote:

why would you go to all that trouble, when all you have to do is, cut two 1" pieces of 3/8" dowel,stick them in the holes in the sander and place the disc over the dowels onto the sander.

2/4/2011 10:22:12 AM Report Abuse
aklj1 wrote:

Realloy GREAT Thanks AK

11/24/2010 12:14:46 PM Report Abuse
michael.rhum wrote:

If you've go a Festool sander, you only need one peg for the center hole.

4/15/2010 11:33:29 AM Report Abuse
ragwing1 wrote:

Print to a file then change the format to PDF and print now you have a pdf.

4/10/2010 07:28:03 AM Report Abuse

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