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Help with sanding thin metal strips 1496

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Help with sanding thin metal strips
« on: October 03, 2008, 09:47:40 PM »
I am sanding some liners from a SAK I am working on by hand.

I first tried laying the sandpaper flat on a table and rubbing the liners back and forth across it with my fingers. I wound up sanding my fingers to the point of bleeding though, because the pieces are so small.

If I hold the liners down on the table and sand across the top though, I can only sand one side at a time as my fingers will always be on one side.

Does anyone have any tricks for sanding the entire surface of a small thin piece of metal in one go?

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Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 10:01:41 PM »
That is a tricky one mate :think:

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Multitool.org Main Site Manager Zombie Apprentice Posts: 15,317
Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 10:26:55 PM »
I am sanding some liners from a SAK I am working on by hand.

I first tried laying the sandpaper flat on a table and rubbing the liners back and forth across it with my fingers. I wound up sanding my fingers to the point of bleeding though, because the pieces are so small.

If I hold the liners down on the table and sand across the top though, I can only sand one side at a time as my fingers will always be on one side.

Does anyone have any tricks for sanding the entire surface of a small thin piece of metal in one go?

This is why its best to use new liners if possible  :pok: Don't say you weren't warned ;)

I'm afraid I've found no trick.  I start with 400 grit (UK size) and work upwards.  Its not a speedy process but an order of magnitude faster than sanding blades. Whilst you don't need a mirror finish you really do want a very smooth surface.  This is not one of those jobs to rush or skimp on or you'll regret it, right after you've finished peening :D

Neil

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No Life Club Posts: 1,548
Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2008, 10:58:15 PM »
I am actually planning on using new liners when I go to build the actual knife. I know it sounds crazy, but I am just trying to restore a couple of the current liners as a learning exercise.  :think:  :D

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Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008, 10:59:46 PM »
Try using a hot glue gun to glue the liner to a bit of wood, that should hold it in place while you sand one side and peel off easily enough to let you turn it over? No idea if it'd work but it's all i can think of! :D

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Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 11:17:17 PM »
Thanks Roadie! I never would have thought of that.  :cheers:

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Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008, 11:19:00 PM »
Thanks Roadie! I never would have thought of that.  :cheers:

No problem! Let me know if it works :D

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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,375 Sing, Michael, sing. On the route of the 19 Bus!
Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2008, 11:38:44 PM »
Try using a hot glue gun to glue the liner to a bit of wood, that should hold it in place while you sand one side and peel off easily enough to let you turn it over? No idea if it'd work but it's all i can think of! :D

Sod that - I just got the Proxxon on it :D

Mind you, they do look a bit naff  :P


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Re: Help with sanding thin metal strips
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2008, 11:49:41 PM »
I just steel wool the crud off and slap it back together :P

 

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