What Is A Sanding Block And What Are Some Common Jobs It's Used For?

A simple tool, the block sander has many uses including wood working and home repair.

A sanding block is basically just a small piece of wood or other material covered with a sanding belt or sand paper. There are many varieties available on the market, but you can easily make your own. All you need is a spare piece of wood, some sandpaper, and a way to keep the sandpaper in place. This is a very simple tool, yet it has a multitude of uses.

A sanding block is designed to allow even pressure over the surface you are going to sand and to give you more control. They are generally built to fit your hand, so they will be more comfortable to use. Many sanding blocks have anti-slippage or locking devices to keep the sand paper in place. There are a few types of sanding blocks on the market that do not require sand paper or a sanding belt. These blocks are made entirely out of an abrasive material and applied directly onto the surface you are sanding.

A versatile tool, the sanding block can be used for a variety of projects. They are often used in automotive paint jobs to finish sand between primer coats and before the final buffing. You can use them to help fix mistakes or blemishes in a paint job as well.

Sanding blocks are used to smooth and shape surf boards, snow boards, and skis to create the perfect riding surface and maintain a great gliding base. They are also used to create musical instruments, craft projects, even furniture.

When doing repair work, a sanding block is useful to even out the repair site and match it to the existing surface of the object you are working on. They can be used when installing drywall to sand down the drywall compound. Of course, you can also use sanding blocks when creating beautiful pieces of art. Whether you are building a table or a toy sail boat, a sanding block can be an indispensable tool.

Block sanders are available in many shapes and sizes. You can use them for household repairs, such as an uneven door frame causing the door to stick. You may also find a block sander useful in many home remodeling endeavors. Block sanders are ideal for the homeowner who likes to take on his own repairs and projects.

You can use almost any household item to create a make-shift block sander that will fit your needs. Wrap a piece of sandpaper around an old paint roller to smooth over a curved surface. Use a ball point pen to work out a small detail. Many block sanders are manufactured to fit a number of different jobs. This way you will be able to use the same sander for flat and curved surfaces, edges, corners, and grooves.

The variety of abrasives available make it possible to use sanding blocks on many different materials. Wood, metal, and fiberglass are just a few. The versatility of this tool makes it a 'must have' for any do-it-yourselfer. They can be a great addition to any workbench and a wonderful help to the handyman or woman.

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