- Step 1: Put the felt on the block Wrap your small block of wood in a small piece of felt and use your staple gun to staple the felt to the wood. This will create a pad for your sanding block.
- Step 2: Add sandpaper to the block Wrap the felt-covered wood block with sandpaper, coarse side facing out. Adhere the paper with the staple gun.
- TIP: Coarse sandpaper works best on hard woods and fine sandpaper works best on soft wood and light paint or varnish removal jobs.
- Step 3: Prepare to sand Put on your dust mask and make sure you're in a well-ventilated area before you begin sanding.
- Step 4: Sanding wood Stroke the object with the sanding block, using evenly distributed pressure. Always sand with the grain of the wood.
- TIP: When removing paint or varnish from wood, start with coarse sandpaper, and gradually shift to finer grits.
- Step 5: Sanding metal Sand paint or rust from metal the same way as wood, but be conscious of how hard you sand rust -- you don't want to break through the metal if it's heavily corroded.
- Step 6: Wipe with a rag Use a rag to wipe off your work to better see your progress. Continue sanding with different grits of sandpaper until you're satisfied.
- FACT: Because of concerns that the bobsled track at the 2010 Winter Olympics was too fast, officials contemplated scuffing the sleds with coarse sandpaper to slow them down.
You Will Need
- Small block of wood
- Small piece of felt
- Coarse and fine sandpaper
- Staple gun
- An object to sand
- Dust mask
- Well-ventilated area