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At the end of January, A. J. Hamler wrote a blog entry ranting on several woodworking topics. One of his beefs was how sandpaper is hard to identify once you’ve cut up the sheet, since they only print the grit in one or two places — something we can all probably relate to. Here’s some sandpaper that I bet he’d like.

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Made for sanding picture frame miters, Logan Graphic Products F200-2 Precision Sander Elite can sand molding up to 3-1/2″ wide. The 10″ disc sander can be set up to form perfect left-hand or right-hand 45º miters. Out of the box, those are the only angles it can sand, but I bet with a little modification you could extend its abilities.

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You may have used an abrasive cleaning stick to clean the gunk out of the abrasive belt on your belt sander, but what do you use to clean the abrasive drum on your drum sander? A giant sheet of abrasive cleaner, of course.

As far I as I can find, there are two options: a 15″ x 20″ sheet of 3/4″ crepe rubber backed with piece of 1/4″ plywood from Highland Woodworking, or a 13″ x 20″ x 1-1/8″ thick cleaning pad from Busy Bee Tools. Run either pad through your drum sander just like you’re sanding a piece of wood. The pad will unclog the abrasive, making it cut better, and prolong its life.

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Building a project is the fun part; finishing isn’t even so bad, but let’s face it — sanding bites. Any tool that can help you get the ugly part over faster is worth it. If you’re working with small or odd-shaped pieces, the Flex-I-File may help.

You can use the Flex-I-File for either dry or wet sanding. The abrasive is attached to mylar ribbon 1/4″  wide by 4-1/4″ long. Loops on the end of the ribbon slide over the ends of a 4″ by 4-1/4″ aluminum frame. The flexible frame holds the ribbon taut and allows the ribbon to bend around the work piece.

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It may go against your initial thinking, but sometimes you actually need to make cracks bigger to properly fill them. Crack chasing blades like the one pictured allow you to widen cracks in concrete and asphalt and taper the edges so you can fill them properly.

MK Diamond designed their V-segment MK-404DV crack chaser for dry cutting. Available in 4″, 4-1/4″, 5″, 7″, and 8″ sizes, these blades can be used in angle grinders with standard threaded or non-threaded arbors depending on the blade model. They run anywhere from $200 to $300 depending on the size.

Crack Chaser [MK Diamond]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
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Gluing the pieces of my daughter’s shattered ornament back together reminded me of how much respect I have for people who can build tiny models.  The skill, patience, and steady hands you need to do tiny precision work has eluded me so far.  A jig like the Sand-It from Micro-Mark might be able to help me with the precision part, but I’d still need to work on the patience and steady hands.

Use the Sand-It to “square-up” and sand cuts in wood, plastic, and metal up to 4″ wide and 1″ thick.  The jig comes with preset angle guides for 30°, 45°, 60°, and 90° and a protractor guide to get the angles in between. To speed up sanding through different grits, you can mount a different grit sandpaper each face of the sanding block with tape or rubber cement.

The Sand-It runs $19 before shipping at Micro-mark. If you’re interested, they also sell two other “-It” products: the Chop-It and the Duplicate-It.

Sand-It [Micro-Mark]
Chop-It [Micro-Mark]
Duplicate-It [Micro-Mark]

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Fein added an interesting feature to some of the angle grinders in their WS 14 line; they replaced the switch with four touch pads — two in the front and two in the rear.

You start the grinder by touching one of the font pads and one of the rear pads. The grinder will continue to operate as long as you touch one of the four pads and will slow to a stop when you release it. Just so you don’t accidentally start it, you can lock the grinder off.

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King Arthur’s Tools claims that being able to see what you’re sanding means you’ll work faster because you don’t have to keep removing the tool to see your progress. With their Holey Galahad carving discs, you can actually see through the disc to the surface you’re cutting. The discs can be used on wood, fiberglass, plastic, foam core, soapstone, and other materials.

Made in the USA, the discs will fit most 4-1/2″ and 125mm angle grinders — just be sure to keep the speed under 14,000RPM. The 4″ diameter steel discs have sharp conical tungsten carbide teeth bonded over the cutting surface and can be used on both the face and the edge

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Not many people are going to need a stainless steel pipe polisher, but the tool just looks really cool.  You can use Fein’s RS 12-70 to grind pipe welds, sand pipes to a satin finish, or polish pipes to a mirror finish and anywhere in between.

The variable-speed sander can drive the belt to speeds up to 22 m/s.  The belts rides on what I’m assuming are spring-loaded arms that allow the belt to flex around the pipe so you can surface all 360° of the pipe in only two passes.

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Sharpening flat edges is relatively easy; trying to match the curve of a gouge requires more skill and a bunch of curved stones. DMT is trying to make it easier to keep a keen edge on your curved tools with their new Diamond Wave.

While it looks like a piece of metal that’s had a bad day, it’s actually a combination of convex and concave surfaces coated with a micronized mono-crystalline diamond coating. The curves vary precisely from a radius of 0.0625″ to 1″, which gives it the ability to sharpen a wide range of curved tools. You can use the Diamond Wave dry or with water.

DMT makes the Diamond Wave in the USA. Available in fine (25-micron/600 mesh) or extra-fine (9-micron/1200-mesh), pricing starts at $47 shipped for either “stone.”

DMT Diamond Wave [Press Release]
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