Slide thin strips through the sander on a nonslip carrier
To make thin hardwood strips for edging and Shaker-style boxes, I bandsawed stock to rough thickness and then tried to sand the pieces to final thickness—about 1⁄8 "—on my drum sander. As the strips approached 3⁄16 ", however, they would sometimes break. I solved the problem by gluing 120-grit sandpaper to a 1⁄4 x6x36" piece of hardboard. Now the thin wood rides through the sander perfectly on the carrier board, and I can sand strips uniformly to 1⁄8 " or thinner regardless of grain. —Thomas L. Peters, Midland, Mich.