|The best sanding block is one that
matches the shape to be sanded. So recently when I had to sand some cove
molding, I made some custom sanding blocks from 1½"-thick foam
TRACE PROFILE. First but the foam block against the
molding and trace the profile, as shown in the top photo at right.
SHAPE THE BLOCK. Next, the center photo shows the profile being roughed
out on the band saw. (You can also use a hand saw or file to create the rough
shape.)To smooth out the shape, place some adhesive-backed sandpaper across the
workpiece with the cove and rub the block across the sandpaper (bottom right
SAND THE COVE. Finally, to use the sanding block, remove
the sandpaper from the workpiece and stick a new piece on the curved face of
the sanding block, as in the above photo.
Have a nice
Online Editor, Woodsmith
Trace profile. First
trace the outline of the cove onto a small block of rigid foam
Rough cut profile. Next, use a band
saw (or hand saw and file) to cut the profile to rough shape.
Sand profile. Smooth the profile by rubbing it
across a piece of sandpaper stuck to the workpiece.