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Flip- Up Sanding Mat

When I'm sanding small workpieces with a palm sander, I like to use a non-skid sanding mat. The mat holds the pieces in place and leaves me with one less thing to worry about. The only trouble I have is keeping the mat within easy reach.

flip-up sanding mat

flip-up sanding mat

The solution to this problem was simple. As you can see in the drawing, I attached the mat to the backside of my bench with a narrow cleat and a few woodscrews. Now, when I need the mat, I just flip it up onto the benchtop. And when it's not in use, it can hang from the side of the bench out of the way.

Good Woodworking, Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

flip-up sanding mat
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