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Tight contour sanding

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Has anyone found a really efficient, workable way to sand the waist of a tight body (OOO, J-200, etc.) guitar? I've tried the PVC pipe form and also a closed-cell foam backing pad- both work, but does anyone have a better way?

And to "pay it forward"- I was fitting a saddle the other day and got a tip from Richard Starkey of C. F. Martin- when you're sanding on your flat plate it's easy to sand off your finger tips. He wraps masking tape, sticky side out, around his fingers and lets the tape hold the saddle.

And on the subject of "flat plates"- I just had my shower re-tiled. The leftover tiles (4"x4" and 2"x2") make great flat plates for this. Just double-stick tape sandpaper to them and go to it! Quick, easy and free.

And I've found that mixing stains or epoxy or whatever requires lots of bowl washing. Instead I recycle the little plastic bowls that fruit and pudding from the grocery store comes in. If you don't eat that stuff, Smart & Final sells 2 ounce plastic cups that work wonderfully.

Jun 15, 06 | 3:12 pm

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The tile tip is a good one. I use a 12" square polished granite tile from Home Depot ($2.00) and keep three to four grades of sandpaper on it for working on nuts and saddles.


Jun 15, 06 | 5:16 pm
Bill Cory

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Cogges -- I rummaged around and found a foam "Wrist Rest" for my computer keyboard, cut out a section of it, and rounded the corners of one edge with a razor blade. So one edge is shaped like this: ________) -- I wrap the sandpaper around that edge and sand with it. Works for me on the 000 waist.

For a hard sandling block, I got a softball trophy from Goodwill for 50 cents; the base and the pedestal are primo EYEtalian marble and perfectly flat.

Jun 18, 06 | 4:28 pm

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A place called 'Tools for Working Wood' sells blocks of hard cork that can be carved into many shapes. They are 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 and less than $4 a piece. Also a good source for quality steel wool.


Jun 24, 06 | 7:16 pm
Phlytyer (Keith)

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Efficient, workable - yes but pricey(sp?)... Hand-Held Pneumatic Drum Sanders look like a slick way to go. I have seen them in places other than Grizzly but that is the first place I always look.


Aug 09, 06 | 9:24 pm

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There's gotta be a way to buy some internal ball bearings at your local hardware store, slip them into some PCV with a plug in the end and attach it all to sanding drum material with a mandrel hanging out the end to stick in your drill?

I'll have to ponder this during my next trip to my local Ace hardware store.

Sep 01, 06 | 1:35 pm
Dennis Weatherly

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I've seen pneumatic drum sanders in use in photos and they look pretty slick. I have never tried one, so I am curious - since it is inflated, are the sides of the drum perfectly flat? I'd be curious whether there would be a tendency for the sides to curve a bit, making it hard to sand the wood perfectly flat.

Sep 01, 06 | 1:57 pm

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IF you could get a "handle" opposite the drive end of this you could do it for under $20.

Sep 01, 06 | 2:09 pm

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Check this out: I think with a long redi-bolt, some bearings and some pvc you could make your own!

This too, to keep it manage-able:

Sep 02, 06 | 5:54 am
Ken Hundley

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I would not motorize the can go through your sides in a heartbeat. it takes less than a quarter of a second with one of those to make an unrepairable mistake. Don't ask.......

Sanding byhand can be awkward, but your hand stops when you tell it to stop. You can get the mandrel and sanding tubes easily, and just do it by hand.

Apr 04, 08 | 6:50 am
Woody O'Keefe

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I remember someone posting a tip using pieces of PVC 2-3 inch size wrapping sand paper around it and using it to sand the waist areas.


Apr 04, 08 | 8:43 am

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