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    Default How do you get into the tight spaces to sand

    I have this project I created and am having problems getting into the tight, close areas to sand. I have tried the 3M Bristol pads but they ware out so quickly it is hard to get much done before I have to change them. Any ideas? Also, I am uploading the 2 .MPC files for this project should anyone want it. It came from a one of those site where you can download a picture to color in.

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    I start out with a sanding mop and then do more detailed sanding with the small dremel sanding wheels like these. I have used the 220 and 180 grits.
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    Where do you get the Dremel sanding wheels? I am looking online and finding a wide range of costs.

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    You can get the jeweler's type abrasive brushes cheaper than the dremels, you have to deal with a mandrel but you can also stack several on if you like. Some of the sets you get finer grits than you might want, but still cheaper overall.
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    For flat carved surfaces such as your project (or behind raised lettering) I use one of these Proxxon pen sanders: https://www.proxxon.com/us/micromot/28594.php
    It requires a 12v power supply, but you don't have to use the Proxxon one which is a bit spendy. A 12vdc 1A wall wart will work fine. Some complain that the sandpaper wears out quickly, which it does because the area is so small. If you're willing to cut your own any adhesive-backed sandpaper will work.

    For fine detail I find that these Lumberton sanding sticks work well: https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-t...nt=511-000-001

    Also, simply folding small pieces of sandpaper over a couple of times allows getting into the small spaces. No, it's not easy, but I don't think there are always easy ways. I've had less luck with sanding mops myself. They can remove some of the fuzzies, but for me don't smooth very well without ruining the detail.

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    I get mine at the local Menards

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    I use these from Dremell, they are sanding stones for metal but work great on wood for edge work and cleaning up slots
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    Quote Originally Posted by myshop1044 View Post
    I use these from Dremell, they are sanding stones for metal but work great on wood for edge work and cleaning up slots
    Dremel also has a small sanding drum that is good for edges such as the edges of raised letters.
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    yes I use them too.
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    V - 1.187 and 3.0 too
    With the DC Insert," dust all gone"
    CarveWright Customer Documentation http://www.carvewright.com/2010CWweb/maintenance.htm
    CarveWright Tips and Tricks http://www.carvewright.com/2010CWweb/tips.htm
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    I have often wondered why it is that
    Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of
    the fool to the left."

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