DIY sanding longboard?

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DIY sanding longboard?

Post by alycat » Sun Mar 09, 2014 3:54 pm

Has anyone made their own sanding longboard? I was thinking of making one out of 1/4 or 1/8 board with some thin cork and then Velcro to take the 3m sanding boards sandpaper? With some handles of some kind as well. Any thoughts or has anyone else done this. Or isit best to just get one from James town distributors?
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:34 pm

I made my own. I won't be home for a few days to get a picture.

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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by alycat » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:50 pm

Awesome!!! Thanks, look forward to your post. The ones for sale are pretty pricey!!
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by gdcarpenter » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:59 pm

I made my own. I think I literally ripped a length of 1X4 width wise to get 2 pieces about 3 1/2" wide, about 3/8" thick, it was about 36" - 40" or so Long. I would fold the sandpaper around one pice and then screw the second piece down onto the first to capture the folded over edges of the sandpaper. I glued a piece of 3/4" dowel onto the two ends of the top piece.

I just used material thickness that I felt had the right amount of 'flex' vs 'stiffness' - two pieces of 3/8" ply would probably be similar but a bit more flexible than white pine of the same thickness. Had some sore shoulders from working the thing!
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by Ronb172 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:09 pm

I bought one at Harbor Freight. It's about 17" long and 2 3/4" wide. I can't find it online, but it works well if your HF has one. Think I paid about $11 for it. The pre-cut sandpaper they sell for it isn't worth it though.
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sun Mar 09, 2014 8:27 pm

I think I use 1/4" ply. !/8" would flex better. The length and width are set up to using belt sander belts. I think it's 4"x36" belts.

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Post by billy c » Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:18 am

these two work great (Hutchins) and the handles are designed perfectly
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copy them out of plywood and attach cork to the bottom. spray adhesive and belt sander abrasives work well so no need for fancy attachment systems.
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by alycat » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:46 pm

All great examples, I knew you guys would have the answer,mi think I can make my own now. I haven't seen the long boards at the harbor freight in my area, but I will look to make sure.

Thanks!!!
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by cusoak » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:15 am

Remember when you build one it has to be flexable to fit the contour of you boat. The one at harbor freight is what I have and with a 25% off coupon I don't think it is worth the trouble to build one. And they do carry sand paper.
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by cusoak » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:21 am

Bill. When you use the long board you made is the sand paper always that lose like in the picture you posted.
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:32 am

Jeff

That was when I first made it. I loosened the end and trimmed another 1/4" off the paper. Then it will pull tight.

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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by BlueRidgeBoater » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:15 am

This is great stuff. I was up late last night looking at long board sanders online, and really didn't want to pay the high prices I was seeing for the sanders and the sand paper. I like Bill's simple but elegant solution. I assume that's a 1x2 you used for the handle?

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Post by Bill Edmundson » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:38 am

I believe it is 1x2 handle. It was all scrap off the shop floor.

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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by bob smith » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:46 am

Saw longboard at Northern Tool similar to the one at Harbor Freight.
Both are very flexible. HF is hook & loop, NT is psa.
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Re: DIY sanding longboard?

Post by cusoak » Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:20 am

While in Florida I was in a Northern Tool store and saw the long board they have. I bought it and the sand paper that was next to it. Got home and found that the sand paper was stick on not Velcro. Not happy. And way I had some Velcro paper so I tried using it. I think that it might be too flex able. I think it would be better of it had something between the handle and knob along the top to make it a little more stiff.
Not sure if HB is the same way or not.
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