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    Icon5 Sandpaper storage

    Right now the sandpaper for my ROS is just stacked in the cabinet, with no real separation of grits. I thought I've found a slightly better idea with a round plastic wide-mough bottle, but it turned out to be just slightly too small for the sanding disks. Any thoughts on storing sanding disks in a compact way, but still allow to keep the various grits separated?
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    Legal size file folders laying flat. Write grit number on the tab.
    Don't do it vertical as the sand paper will curl.

    Serge: It's already been submitted.
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    I can't get a picture because I'm at work but what I did was make a holder for my 5" ROS discs. It's a rectangular box about 6" wide x 6" deep and 14" tall (inside dimensions) stood on end. I made it from some plywood scraps and put 1/4" deep x 1/4" wide kerfs in the sides about every 1 1/2 inches. 1/4" plywood dividers glued in the kerfs separate the various grits and the dividers have the grit written on the front with a sharpie...80-100-120-150-180-220-240


    It's not pretty but it does the job and doesn't take up much space.
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    The plastic containers that Frog tape come in are perfect...but you have to buy the tape first, and it's a ripoff. If you know a painter that uses it you might be able to bum the containers off him.

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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Cody Colston View Post
    I can't get a picture because I'm at work but what I did was make a holder for my 5" ROS discs. It's a rectangular box about 6" wide x 6" deep and 14" tall (inside dimensions) stood on end. I made it from some plywood scraps and put 1/4" deep x 1/4" wide kerfs in the sides about every 1 1/2 inches. 1/4" plywood dividers glued in the kerfs separate the various grits and the dividers have the grit written on the front with a sharpie...80-100-120-150-180-220-240


    It's not pretty but it does the job and doesn't take up much space.
    Might have to check out my scrap pile. Thanks!
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    Quote Originally Posted by ThisIsMatt View Post
    The plastic containers that Frog tape come in are perfect...but you have to buy the tape first, and it's a ripoff. If you know a painter that uses it you might be able to bum the containers off him.

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    I've got my first one from painting the closet, but still have about half the roll left in it. I'll have to see if the few painters I know use the stuff. That did give me an idea. I have an abundance of the Glad-Loc type disposable containers. A few of those in the right size would solve my problem, as well as make the new bride happy to have fewer in the cupboards. If not, I might find a set the right size at Dollar Tree for a buck. Gee! I wonder if that's why they call it a dollar store?
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    There is another solution for sanding disks. Look around at swap meets and second hand stores for a floppy disk holder of the 5-1/4" variety. They're old, they're ancient, they're cheap. For storing sanding disks they're great.

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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    There is another solution for sanding disks. Look around at swap meets and second hand stores for a floppy disk holder of the 5-1/4" variety. They're old, they're ancient, they're cheap. For storing sanding disks they're great.

    Serge - It's been published.
    That's opened a whole new area of possibilities. Even the GladLoc type sandwich boxes and such may work. I'll be checking my pantry for those I don't use and hitting the thrift stores to check for other ideas.

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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    Here's my sandpaper storage. It ain't pretty but it works for me. If you are a woodworker, these things should be easy.


    I have made a bunch of impractical sanding blocks but the Oak one in the pic was my favorite so I copied it for the others. The caddy was inspired by one in WOOD magazine.


    The disk storage is as described previously.


    I made the sheet storage holder probably 8 or 10 years ago. It works.
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    Re: Sandpaper storage

    A plug for the end of sheet metal pipe works just fine. I always stack the sheets according to grit with a piece of thin plywood to separate the grits. I only keep a few grits on hand so I don't worry about a complex filing system. I always keep a heavy weight on top to prevent curling.
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