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Foam Backed Sandpaper

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by Phil Colson

The reason to attend woodturning club meetings and watch woodturning videos is to find little tidbits of information that will make you a better turner.

I was recently watching Nick Cook's DVD, Turning for Food , when I got a really good tip. Nick was sanding with foam backed sandpaper. What a brilliant idea: the sandpaper forms to the contours of the piece and insulates from the heat generated by hand sanding. Some of my turning friends and I have used various different items as an insulator. I have used gloves before but it is not a good idea to use a glove while touching turning wood, it could grab you. I have used steel wool and synthetic wool, putting it between me and the sandpaper and it works, but not like foam backed sandpaper.

I have been converted. I use foam backed sandpaper whenever I hand sand. I use Festool Hand Sanding Pads , which have the grit printed on the back of every piece. It is quarter size and can be torn or folded to fit your needs. It comes in a wide variety of grits. Try it – I think you'll like it.

It works for me.

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