Friday, June 8, 2012

Making Your Own Sanding Discs

by Janet Alexander
Technical Advisor

homemade sanding disc
This tip is for those of you who like to use a sanding disc with your rotary tool. I don’t know about you, but sanding discs just don’t last long and can become very costly. Here is a way to make your own.

You will need:
  • Plastic milk jug or a 1 liter plastic jug
  • Small punch or awl
  • Rubber cement or spray adhesive 
  • Sandpaper (you choose the grit) 
  • Scissors 
  • Flex shaft mandrel shank 
  • Small screw driver 
  • Circle template 
  • Fine tipped marker
1.    Cut a flat section of plastic out of the milk jug.
2.    Trace the cut plastic shape onto the back of your sandpaper.
3.    Cut out the sandpaper shape.
4.    Apply rubber cement or spray adhesive to the back of the sandpaper and to the plastic piece.

Step 4
5.    Allow  both to dry.
6.    Attach the sandpaper to the plastic by pressing them both together.
7.    Trace circles onto the plastic try to get them close as possible.

Step 7
8.    Cut circles out with scissors. They don't have to be perfect circles.

Step 8
 9.    Punch a small hole into the center of each circle.

Step 9
 10.  Attach the sanding disc to the mandrel by pressing the mandrel’s screw through the disc’s center hole.

Step 10
A sanding disc quickly sands flat edges, and is bendable allowing you to sand tight areas. 

Until next time, have fun claying around.


Libellula Jewelry said...

What a great DIY tip! Thanks so much.

Kim said...

very useful, thank you Janet!

Janet Alexander said...

I'm glad you liked the idea!

Michelle Loon said...

Great tip, thank you for sharing!

Celtic Artisans/Mystical Creations Jewelry said...

Thanks, Janet! Wonderful tip for saving some money and recycling at the same time!