Taking the Pain Out of Sanding

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I have arthritis in my hands so sanding can be painful especially after a very long Wisconsin winter.

Joe and I were in the garage working on our current project, a beautiful gate leg table. As with many previously rehabbed projects, it had been subjected to someone pouring a tar like finish allover to refinish problem areas quickly.
We had been hand sanding away when she mentioned a strip like sanding tool she liked to use when working on round dowels. The very same day I jumped on my computer to buy one.

Luckily, I stumbled on an excellent website for woodworking before I dug out the credit card.

On the website, (that I cannot find again to save me) it suggested using duct tape to make strong, long lasting sanding strips. So instead of buying, I made my own.
While the strips were excellent to use, my hands especially the thumbs were still sore. So Plan B, I grabbed a couple of small sticks and extended the tape to wrap around the sticks on each end.
Eureka, using a wider stick (about 1 1/2"), I was able to hold onto the stick with all my fingers and the lower part of my palm giving my poor thumbs a break.

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  • Michelle McCaughtry
    on May 9, 2018

    Amazing idea - I too do not like sanding at all and will usually chalk paint something to avoid it....I will definitely try this!

    • Kaye
      on May 9, 2018

      I too am starting to see many more "paint" opportunities. Thanks.

  • D Danielle Noe Torres
    on May 25, 2018

    What's a fantastic tip! Thank you.

    • Kaye
      on May 25, 2018

      Thanks! I hope that others with my problem can get some relief and enjoy DIYing a little longer.

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