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Sandpaper Cutter

Sandpaper Cutter Standard sandpaper comes in 9″ x 11″ sheets. But this is rarely the size that I need. Most often, I end up dividing a sheet into smaller pieces to fit my sander or a sanding block. For a long time, I made do with simply folding the sandpaper and then tearing it. But this crude method often gave me less than satisfactory results. So I decided to come up with a more reliable way to do the job.

Drawing The sandpaper cutter in the drawing at right is the fruit of my efforts. A hacksaw blade attached to each side of a plywood base acts as the cutter. A thin washer at either end of the blade spaces it just above the base. Then an off-center length stop fastened to the base gives me a couple of size options for my cuts.

To cut a sheet to size, you slide it under the hacksaw blade against the stop and tear. The cuts are quick, clean, and accurate. It’s a great solution to a common problem.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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