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Sanding blocks

Sanding Blocks

Sanding blocks can substantially improve and ease the work of sanding wood. Sandpaper held directly in the hand can both produce an uneven surface, and invite splinters into one's hand and fingers. Compared to an electric sander, one can work more sensitively and slowly, removing only as much material as necessary with a sanding block. This can be especially important when working with thin veneers, which can be sanded through in a moment's inattention, revealing the base wood, and necessitating removal of the veneer and starting again.

A clean, even surface is the foundation and most important part of any wood finish. Any carelessness when sanding will come back to haunt the woodworker when the finish is applied - this is when mistakes often first become visible. Every type of machine sander leaves a distinctive pattern on the wood. Orbital sanders especially can leave lovely whorls on the surface of the wood. These often rest hidden in the grain until the first coat of finish is applied and have reduced even the most stoic woodworkers to weeping despair. Close attention to the surface with a sanding block as the last step before finishing can do much to avoid these kinds of nasty surprises.

But we must also add that here at Fine Tools, we feel that the best finished surfaces cannot be achieved by sanding, but with a very finely adjusted smoothing plane with a razor-sharp blade and sometimes a well-tuned cabinet scraper. With these tools one can achieve a surface that needs no extra treatment and provides the best base for many kinds of finishes. But it is true that these methods require a lot of practice to perfect, and are not suited to all jobs and all kinds of wood. Many paints and varnishes also work best over the lightly broken wood fibers that sandpaper leaves on the surface.

Sanding Plate 200 x 70 mm with Foam Rubber Surface and Fastening Clips
This is a very solid tool with a practical wooden hand grip. The plate is 1.5 mm thick steel, and is coated with a 2.5 mm thick rubber foam. This yields a slightly soft, but not too flexible, sanding surface. The sandpaper is held in place by two strong spring clips. The practical thing about the size of this sanding block is that you can buy common 230 x 280 mm commercial sheets of sandpaper and simply cut them into 4 pieces. This tool is ideal for clean and quick sanding of large flat surfaces. Made in Japan.
Code 312860CartPrice € 13.90
Sanding plate with two-component handgrip, foam rubber lining and spring clips
You’ll appreciate the solid workmanship and ergonomic 2-component handgrip of this sanding plate. The 2.5 mm thick aluminium base plate is lined with foam rubber 2.5 mm thick. This provides a soft and yet not too flexible sanding surface. The sanding paper or emery cloth is held by two strong spring clips. Use this sanding plate also with commercially available emery paper 230 x 280 mm that you cut to size. Ideal for clean and fast sanding of large areas! Manufactured in Japan.
Paper fastened with spring clips

Sanding plate with foam rubber lining 200 x 70 mm
Cut 280 x 230 mm sanding paper into 4 parts.
Code 312853CartPrice € 19.90

Sanding plate with foam rubber lining 240 x 70 mm
Cut 280 x 230 mm sanding paper into 3 parts.
Code 312854CartPrice € 21.90

Examples for cutting sanding paper to fit sanding plates.
Sanding plate with two-component handgrip and Velcro fastener
You’ll like the fine workmanship and ergonomic 2-component handgrip of this sanding plate. The 2.5 mm thick aluminium base plate is lined with a Velcro fastener. Ideal for large areas!
For sanding strips with Velcro fastener

Sanding plate with Velcro fastener 200 x 70 mm
Code 312855CartPrice € 17.90

Sanding plate with Velcro fastener 240 x 70 mm
Code 312856CartPrice € 24.90

Sanding paper with Velcro fastener 240 x 70 mm
Suitable for sanding plates with 2-component handgrips nos 312855 and 312856. Note: sanding strips supplied in lengths of 240 mm only; crop to size for use with 200 mm long sanding plate. The extra width of a few millimentres is intentional to facilitate sanding inside edges.

Unit Size Grit CodePrice
Set of 5 240 x 75 mm 80
Code 312874CartPrice € 5.95
Set of 5 240 x 75 mm 120
Code 312875CartPrice € 5.95
Set of 5 240 x 75 mm 240
Code 312876CartPrice € 5.95
Set of 50 240 x 75 mm 80
Code 312877CartPrice € 39.90
Set of 50 240 x 75 mm 120
Code 312878CartPrice € 39.90
Set of 50 240 x 75 mm 240
Code 312879CartPrice € 39.90
Sanding Plate 100 x 60 mm with Velcro Fastener
Sand cleanly and evenly even into tight corners on small surfaces! This is the advantage of this small sanding block with a plate size of only 100 x 60 mm. The aluminum sanding plate is 2 mm thick and surfaced to use the very common Velcro system of sandpaper attachment. Ideal for clean and fast sanding of small areas. Made in Japan. The block comes with three pieces of sand paper in 80, 120, and 240 grits.
Code 312864CartPrice € 9.90
Sanding Plate 100 x 30 mm with Velcro Fastener
Essentially the same tool as above, but with a plate half the size. Delivered with three pieces of sandpaper in 80, 120, and 240 grits.
Code 312865CartPrice € 10.90
Sanding Plate 100 x 20 mm with Handle and Velcro Fastener on both Sides
This sanding block shaped like a file is very practical for working on smaller pieces. The plate is 1.5 mm thick steel, and covered on both sides to use the very common Velcro sandpaper types. Having both sides of the plate covered with the hook material allows you to switch instantaneously between two different grit sizes when working. The tool comes with three pieces of sandpaper in 80, 120, and 240 grits.
Total length 200 mm
Code 312866CartPrice € 9.90

Sanding Paper Size 100 x 60 mm, Set of 5
Velcro Fastener Type

Backed with loops for the Velcro style sanding blocks. These work on our tools Nr. 312864, 312865, 312866. For the narrow sanding block Nr. 312865, you cut the sheet in half. For the sanding "file" Nr. 312866 you cut the sheets in three pieces. The size of the grit is printed on the backs of the sheets to ease choosing the right paper.

Unit Size Grit CodePrice
Set of 5 100 x 60 mm 80
Code 312870CartPrice € 3.90
Set of 5 100 x 60 mm 120
Code 312871CartPrice € 3.90
Set of 5 100 x 60 mm 240
Code 312872CartPrice € 3.90
Cork Sanding Block
This cork sanding block is made of compressed fine granulated cork. The upper edges are beveled to make this sanding block more comfortable for your hand. Chaep and extremly useful! For special purposes it can be cut and carved to any shape.
Size of the sole 120 x 60 mm
Thickness 40 mm
Code 109200CartPrice € 1.60
Veritas Sanding Block
This sanding block is sized to make use of an entire 230 x 280 mm (9 in. x 11 in.) standard sanding sheet, which will be divided into 6 pieces. The size of the sole of this sanding block is 100 x 75 mm (4 in. x 3 in.). The clamping knob draws the paper tight as it is loaded. The ergonomic shape of the maple handle is for comfort in your hand. It is a pleasure to work with this tool.
Code 307992CartPrice € 32.50
Veritas Shooting Sanders
With a 2-1/8 inch (54mm) wide running surface machined at a right angle to its face, this block lets you accurately sand stock square and to size. Jointing stock by sanding instead of planing reduces the risk of splintering and chipping on thin stock, difficult grain, or even lacquered or painted moldings.

The wooden knob is angled to help you apply equal force to the sole and face, and can be positioned at any point along the length of the sander, locking in place with a simple twist of the knob. The body is extruded aluminum with a black anodized finish. Compatible with any shopmade shooting board sized for our shooting plane, it has a 1/4 inch (6.3mm) wide lip along the bottom of the face that keeps the sander from widening the shooting board track.

Available in 8 inch (203 mm) and 16 inch (406 mm) lengths; the long sander makes sanding long edges more efficient, since it maintains contact with the work over a larger area. Each sander comes with six 1-1/4 inch (32 mm) wide strips of PSA-backed sandpaper – two each of 120x, 180x and 220x aluminum oxide grit with a zinc stearate coating. The strips are 9 inch (228 mm) long for the short sander and 17 inch (432 mm) long for the long sander.

Additional sheets of the premium-quality B/C-weight paper are available in packages of 12. Simple tools, and surprisingly useful in any shop. (Sheets on bottom of this page).

Tracks for Veritas Shooting Sander for making your own shooting board!

Veritas Shooting Sander 8 inch (203 mm)
This item we ship only within the European Union!
Code 325150CartPrice € 32.50

Veritas Shooting Sander 16 inch (406 mm)
This item we ship only within the European Union!
Code 325160CartPrice € 48.90
Sanding Sheets for Veritas Shooting Sander
Sanding Sheets for Veritas Shooting Sander

Sanding Sheets for Veritas Shooting Sander 8 inch (203mm) long

Unit Size Grit CodePrice
Set of 12 228 x 32 mm 120
Code 325151CartPrice € 6.90
Set of 12 228 x 32 mm 180
Code 325152CartPrice € 6.90
Set of 12 228 x 32 mm 240
Code 325153CartPrice € 6.90

Sanding Sheets for Veritas Shooting Sander 16 inch (406mm) long

Unit Size Grit CodePrice
Set of 12 432 x 32 mm 120
Code 325161CartPrice € 8.90
Set of 12 432 x 32 mm 180
Code 325162CartPrice € 8.90
Set of 12 432 x 32 mm 240
Code 325163CartPrice € 8.90
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