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Sanding Sticks

Sanding usually stands out as my least favorite part of a project — I’m sure I’m not alone. And though sanding flat surfaces is bad enough, the tedious detail work can really kill me. These handy little sanding sticks from Excel Hobby Blade aim to make detail sanding a little easier.

A belt of sandpaper wraps around the 6-1/4″ sanding stick, which is made of impact resistant plastic. The belt rotates to keep fresh sandpaper where you need it — at the taper, the flat sides, or the rounded end. A spring-loaded tensioner keeps the 1/4″ x 12-3/4″ belt in position and makes the belt easy to remove and replace. You can use the aluminum oxide belts for either wet or dry sanding.

Expect to pay $4 to $5 for a single sanding stick with an extra belt. For $22 Woodcraft also sells a kit including four color-coded sanding sticks and five sanding belts in each of the following grits: 80, 120, 180, and 240.

Sanding Sticks
[Excel Hobby Blade]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Sanding Stick Kit [Woodcraft]
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4 Responses to Stick To The Details

  1. PutnamEco says:

    They look like a good idea. Better than emery boards, although I haven’t done the math to see which is the more economical option.
    They look like they would be a nice compliment to Makitas 3/8″ belt sander


  2. Andrew C says:

    It does look like a good idea – but since I’m so cheap, I’d be tempted to find an aluminum bar, file a slot in it, and then cut up a the sanding belt of a handheld belt sander.

  3. Fred says:

    We have a Makita 9032 along with separate 1/4 and 1/2 inch arms. This is more like a power file than a sander – and switching the arms is a bit of a chore. We use it when nothing else will work.

    We also have an old Bosch Inline Jigsaw (3294EVS) and a batch of T332
    4 inch long Rasp blades that are good for some similar tasks.

    We bought a Bosch 1278VS 1.5 inch wide belt sander some years ago. It was more toy-like than the Makita – but we did use it for sanding to scribed lines in some tight places

  4. Fred says:

    I forgot to ask – but has anyone tried the Flush Cut rasps in your sawzalls?


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