There are many reasons to have rolls of loop-backed sanding paper in the shop, and cutting your own orbital sanding discs to the specs of your tool is one of them. In this video I show you how easy it can be, using a simple homemade jig! Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!
Why cutting your own Sanding Discs saves you Money
While you have more work cutting sanding discs yourself, a roll of hook-and-loop sandpaper will cost you signifficantly less than buying pre-cut discs. Now, you could calculate your savings based on your hourly rate, and I am pretty certain that you are going to come out ahead cutting your own even so.
But the other advantage is that you also have the loop-backed on hand for other puroses and jigs. You can use it to make sanding drums for your drill press or lathe, or put it on shaped pieces to sand mouldings or coves. Yes. most of that could be done with spray adhesive instead of velcro, but in time, you will come to value the ease with which you can exchance sandpaper and also switch between grids more easily.
And on a side note, if you consider upgrading to a sending mesh (like Abranet – no affiliation), it will work with the loops just as well – and since it is basically a net rather than a closed surface, you do not need to bother cutting holes in it at all.
Get quicker, dirtyer!
I have more projects that fall into this category, namely the Quick & Dirty kind. Check them out for shop improvements and the off money saver. And if you found this project helpful, please share it with your friends!
And as always, remember to be Inspired!