I needed a narrow flexible sanding block for delicate, curvy wood projects.
This works great for curvy wood if you want to make something like this knife handle.
I first went down and got a loop sanding belt from one of those cheap tool stores, like at the "Harbor"
I measured the loop to get the right length of my block
Then I drew out the curve that I wanted and a reverse curve for my hand grip, handle area
Trace the design onto a piece of wood the same thickness as the sanding belt and cut it out with a scroll saw. It's best to use a narrow blade with fine teeth. This will make less splintering and require less sanding to clean it up.
I put the cut piece to the sander to clean up the sharp edges and reduce splinters.
I test out the sanding belt on the new block. It seems to be a bit loose, so I cut a small splint to shim it up.
After the spacer is cut, the belt tension can be adjusted by sliding it up or down the curve, Now go and make something really cool.
Runner Up in the
Workshop Hacks Challenge 2017