Taking the Sand out of Sandpaper

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MicroplanePower palm sanders and random orbit sanders are true genius. I am unable to even begin to calculate how many hours of hand sanding my random orbit sander has saved me. If I could point to a weakness with these great tools, it would be the actual sandpaper. It seems no matter what I am sanding, the discs wear out too quickly. Thankfully, Microplane, the same company that makes those cool cheese graters for you, has a solution: the Microplane sanding disc. These stainless steel discs can be used on 5″ random orbit or 1/4 sheet palm sanders with or without vented hole patterns for dust collection. They are meant for use on hard or soft wood only and little or no pressure is needed to get results. Microplane claims the discs are at least 30 times more effective than regular sanding discs. They’re available for about $10 for a two pack at Rockler.

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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3 thoughts on “Taking the Sand out of Sandpaper”

  1. Do these “load up” and, if so, can they be cleaned to extend their useful life? They sound great. Would painted or otherwise coated surfaces present a problem to their use?

    • Hey Dan. Thanks for the questions. I took a quick peak at the links in this post (it’s pretty old), and neither Rockler nor the manufacturer seem to carry the product anymore. If you happen to find them again somewhere, let us know. Otherwise, it’s looking like they’re no longer an option. : (


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