While turning a burl bowl on my lathe, I went to grab my sanding tool and realized I was out of sanding pads.

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While turning a burl bowl on my lathe, I went to grab my sanding tool and realized I was out of sanding pads. Not wanting to wait for mail-ordered ones or risk toasting my fingertips by holding the sandpaper, I came upon an easy replacement: used random-orbit sander discs. Though worn around the edge, their centers were nearly fresh. So I cut them out with a scissors and had my sanding tool back up and running in seconds.
—Gary Van Hulle, Rochester Hills, Mich.