Scroll Saw Sanding Blade

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I was in need of a small flat sanding surface to do some inside sanding that I could not reach with my 1x30 belt sander. I looked at the sanding attachments for the scroll saw on line and they were all for pin end saws and flexible. I wanted a rigid backer to the sand paper so I just made one and it works slick did not cost a dime.
 I used 2 pieces of  some 1/4" band saw blade  that I had precut to use in the scroll saw. I soft soldered them together in a T shape in a little wooden jig. Then I put some 100 grit  fabric backed  Egyptian Gold sandpaper on it with contact cement. I put it in the saw and finished the job in short order.
Cheers, Jim

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

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nice tip jim. ive seen this done before.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Good tip

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice thinking, quick, easy, and most important - it does the job it was designed for.
WOW ....  Necessity is the mother of invention GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

My Delta scroll saw uses the flat blades, no pins.   Have bought some sanding blades for it, forgot where.  Works but not great, so so or perhaps I expected to much.

Ron

cool idea.  You can buy then for pinless saws, but I have never tried them.  Why buy when you can make them for free.
Makes my achy breaky fingers smile!
Splinter, Ditto on the sore hands.  I hate sanding. 
Jim, great idea.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Hi 987Ron. This blade works great - like using a filing machine I used ages ago for filing out dies.

Hi Scrappile..The ones I've seen for sale  look like they are flexible. I know you pull them tight on the scroll saw but with the steel support behind the paper, it sands in a straight line. I soldered up an extra one today while I still had the little jig made up.

Hi Bruce, I started out with sandpaper backed by a Swiss file and soon thought there has to be a powered way to do this.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Jim,
That's a great idea.  I had bought sanding pads for my scroll saw and some were less than useless.  But your method is quite brilliant.
Thanks for posting this...
Regards......Cliff.
Great idea, I may have to try something like this. Thanks for showing.    Mike

Thanks Cliff, Mike and Ivan.    I made one more for a spare and I think I'll get some 3/8 bandsaw stock and make a couple wider ones too.

Hi Cliff, were the sanding pads that you bought flexible? They look to be when viewed on line.


Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Great idea.  I could also see folding a piece of sandpaper around a blade so that you can use both sides or sand into really tight spots or grooves.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Love that addendum Nathan 👍
Tricks like gluing paper to tongue depressors and the like have really helped me, now you guys show simple ways to avoid the meat power requirements. 😍
Thanks Lazyman and Bruce

Hi Lazyman- I think if you just took a short piece of 1/4" bandsaw blade by itself and glued sandpaper all around  it, it would work better than anything you can buy!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Jim, your brain is always working overtime. Great tip!

.................. John D....................

Very clever!

a question?
do you have to stand sideways when using Egyptian Gold sanding paper!

Regards Rob

Sand like and Egyptian.  🎶

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Thanks John, Rob and Nathan

 You have to bob your head when using Egyptian paper!!!That is what Klingspor used to call it and I still do!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day