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Preparing Sandpaper Packets

If you turn a lot of small items like pens, ornaments, small boxes, or jewelry pieces, and the item is really too small to power sand, yet fumbling through stacks of little pieces of sandpaper is driving you crazy, then try this.  Select the sheets of grits that you would normally use—120, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600—and cut the sheets in half length-wise.  Then divide those halves into 1 1/2"-wide sections.  (The last section will be a bit wider.)  Now set up an assembly line with the 600 grit paper laid out face up on a table.  Then add the 400 grit paper and so on until the 120 grit paper is on top.  Finally, staple each packet together.

You now have about twelve sandpaper packets ready to use.  The task of sanding is so much easier when all you have to do is flip through each grit.  No more fumbling for individual sheets, no more confusing one grit with another.  Do remember to use a paper towel to wipe away the sanding dust before going on to the next grit.

~ Janice Levi
Groesbeck, TX


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