Card Scraper Sanding Shield

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While I try to sand workpieces before they go together, sometimes I have to sand parts after assembling them. When I need to run my sander up against corners in these situations, I cover one of my metal card scrapers with thin cardboard to form a miniature sanding shield. It protects adjacent surfaces from being damaged by the spinning sander pad or abrasive disc. By holding or clamping it in place, I can sand right up to the intersecting surface without negative consequences. Read more

Plumbing Coupling Provides Quick Hose Connection

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A rubber coupling with hose clamps on the ends provided a quick and handy way for me to connect my random orbit sander to a shop vacuum hose. You can find the couplings in the plumbing section of any hardware store. The 2″ x 2″ size fits many sander dust ports, and you can attach the other end directly to a standard shop vacuum hose. These rubber couplings also come in several “reducer” styles, if you need to fit differently sized sander and vacuum hose diameters together. Read more