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In an effort to regrow my fingerprints, I purchased an angle drill and sanding bundle from Woodturner’s Wonders. Excitement turned to dread as I realized that I now have hundreds of tiny discs to corral. Any suggestions as to effective and efficient storage?
 
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In an effort to regrow my fingerprints, I purchased an angle drill and sanding bundle from Woodturner’s Wonders. Excitement turned to dread as I realized that I now have hundreds of tiny discs to corral. Any suggestions as to effective and efficient storage?
I made a simple storage drawer set - Look up Steve Ramsey on Youtube, it is where I got the design from - quick and easy, I think he has a video on making the drawers (I hung mine on french cleat right by the lathe) Optionally, you could get a set of plastic storage drawer bins from Harbor Freight (But, it was cheaper for me to build mine from the scraps and offcuts I had laying around than to buy one from H.F.) It holds all my grits from 80 to 600 grit in both the 2 inch and 1 inch sets one to a drawer and since I got extra pads (medium-firm) for the roloc drill adapter, also quick and easy to change grits, just spin the old one off, spin next grit on, and keep on sandin'
 
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I use a few of these. Not the cheapest, but really nice bins.
 
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C8C83437-9D02-4631-BE6C-81B7F24831A0.jpegFor 2” discs I made a rack out of PVC sections cut open on the front and screwed to a board. For 3” sections I’ve got verticals slots. Each rack has a cover with a plexiglas front that I remove when I’m sanding. The plexiglass is overkill, but I happened to have some left over from another project.
 

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Being such a cheapskate that I am, I save peanut cans. I knew they'd come in handy for something! :)

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This is an old photo, but I now keep the lids on them all the time....
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I have a great setup I can show. I will go to the shop later and post the picture in the next day or so.
 
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In an effort to regrow my fingerprints, I purchased an angle drill and sanding bundle from Woodturner’s Wonders. Excitement turned to dread as I realized that I now have hundreds of tiny discs to corral. Any suggestions as to effective and efficient storage?
I bought that same kit recently and have found that the disks tend to slip on the pad. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong but expected that it would work better than it has for me.
 
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I’ve been using these cases for my sanding discs for several years. Now after starting to use the WW attachments I need to get a third one. BTW - I’m very happy with the WW pads and have not had any issues with discs coming off, in fact by dedicating pads to each sanding grit I’m finding that my sandpaper discs are lasting longer.
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Maybe some day I will learn to post pictures..... Or maybe redo my sanding video... So, I set up some angle bracket type boxes with partitions in them that I can clamp to my lathe, both for 2 and 3 inch discs, well, the over sized discs from Vince. I put grit number on the plywood so I know which is which grit. All 'new' discs are cutting side up. All 'in use' discs are loop/fuzzy side up. I keep the packs of discs in boxes on shelves till I need to replace the ones in my 'angle bracket shelf'...

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I like the idea of the wall or peg board hung bins, but my solution is stupidly simple (like me), cheap (ditto), and has worked well for me. It's a plastic Plano box, 3" deep, much like Ron shows, bought at Ace Hardware, if I remember correctly. Vince's oversized 3" disc would get scrunched if I closed the lid tightly, so a little dust gets into the box. Steve's 3" Mirka discs fit fine.

It's quite portable, so it can sit in the less dusty part of the shop until it's time to sand, then the whole box can come over next to where I'm working. 1 box can hold a pretty complete range of both 2" and 3" discs, but I have a couple boxes to keep my full variety of material. I put cut up 3X5 cards with the grit number in the bottom of each compartment so I can know which disc to grab.
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I buy my sand paper in bulk by the square metre and usually cut it with a Stanley knife or similar and most often it will square. If I need round, I will just trim it on the sanding head as needed.
 
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1st step is to decide if you want a permanent location or a box(es) that can be stored or moved around easily, and of course whether you want to make it, as many have shown, or buy it.

Most all of my tools are wheel/castor mounted to reconfigure for primary focus - turning, flatwork, motorcycle mechanics and other things. I like things to be portable so I can get them out of the way. I may go several months at a time and turn nothing. I like the plastic compartmented boxes several have posted. They stack well on a shelf out of the way, and are easy to redeploy for turning time.
 
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I also use one of the divided yellow boxes. I picked it up at one of the big box home supply stores.
 

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I have an open metal box (tool box?). Just cut up a cardboard tube suitable size for discs. Thin wall S&D PVC pipe could also be used. I also have a second box with wavy discs I haven't used for many years. The other drawers are office supply items used to store sheets and other abrasive items.
 

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I have an open metal box (tool box?). Just cut up a cardboard tube suitable size for discs. Thin wall S&D PVC pipe could also be used. I also have a second box with wavy discs I haven't used for many years. The other drawers are office supply items used to store sheets and other abrasive items.
What impresses me, is when others use a little ingenuity to solve needs in the shop.....rather than to buy commercial solutions.

How did you cut the cardboard tubes, Tom? ...... bandsaw?

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What impresses me, is when others use a little ingenuity to solve needs in the shop.....rather than to buy commercial solutions.

How did you cut the cardboard tubes, Tom? ...... bandsaw?

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Yep! Will also work on the PVC pipe ... just sand off the fuzzies. You can also use a touch of hot melt glue to keep them together - especially if your container allows for too much movement.
 
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For those of you who use tubes of some sort to hold your round discs--how do you get ahold of one disc to take it out of the tube? If the tube is full, it would be easy, but when you get a couple inches down to the last few discs....
 
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For those of you who use tubes of some sort to hold your round discs--how do you get ahold of one disc to take it out of the tube? If the tube is full, it would be easy, but when you get a couple inches down to the last few discs....
Havent done it but great idea - I’d guess you need a tube ID ~1/2” or more larger than the disc to get a finger tip at the edge.
 

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For those of you who use tubes of some sort to hold your round discs--how do you get ahold of one disc to take it out of the tube? If the tube is full, it would be easy, but when you get a couple inches down to the last few discs....

I haven't had this problem with the peanut cans, because the diameter is significantly larger than the discs themselves. I might have a problem with the very last one, but I usually replenish the supply before I get down to the last one. I simply dump out the last one or two to get to them. (The older discs go on top, so that there is a continuous cycling of the available stock.)

I can't speak for @Tom Gall , but if the bottom of the tubes aren't sealed, then picking up the tube would expose what's at the bottom. Looks like @Dave Landers would simply pick up the pvc caps, and dump the last one out......

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Looks like @Dave Landers] would simply pick up the pvc caps, and dump the last one out......
I put the disks in the caps velcro-side-up. So all I have to do is dip my drill mandrel in there and pull one out. I don't try to center it on the mandrel in the cap, just use the mandrel to grab a disk, then apply it properly once retrieved.
I also have a little loop of velcro in the drawer to grab a disk if I'm not using the mandrel.
(Velcro-side-up also means I have to remember to keep the drawer closed)
 

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For those of you who use tubes of some sort to hold your round discs--how do you get ahold of one disc to take it out of the tube? If the tube is full, it would be easy, but when you get a couple inches down to the last few discs....
My tubes are 3" ID and discs are 2-3/8", about 3" tall. No problem for retrieval. If you have fat fingers use something like a pencil. ;) If you want to get fancy put a piece of velcro on the end of a dowel.:)
 
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Dean Center said:
For those of you who use tubes of some sort to hold your round discs--how do you get ahold of one disc to take it out of the tube? If the tube is full, it would be easy, but when you get a couple inches down to the last few discs....

A wide slot in the tube?
 
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like Dave Landers I keep an extra short mandrel handy to pick the disks out of the tubes. Rather than PVC caps I cut PVC into lengths standing on end and hat-glued into a plywood box. Box is portable and can be stored on top of a cabinet to keep the flying chips out.
 
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Nothing fancy for storing my sanding disks and other sanding material, also the storage of the mandrels, this works for me, it is simple and effective in having it all right at hand, plus keeping the shavings away rom it.

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The mandrel storage is hinged and double sided, folding flat against the wall, 3" mandrels on one side, and 2 " on the other side.
 
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Thank you for this post. I bought the same set up and it was struggling with what to do to store the discs.
 
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In an effort to regrow my fingerprints, I purchased an angle drill and sanding bundle from Woodturner’s Wonders. Excitement turned to dread as I realized that I now have hundreds of tiny discs to corral. Any suggestions as to effective and efficient storage?
As I love fishing, there are so many tacklebox storage containers you could choose from that I used from 1" to 3 " sanding discs that work wonderfully, I usually choose the transparent ones that inside the box I can write the size so when I open up the lid I could easily read the grit I need. You might want to look up Tackle Warehouse for your needs.
In an effort to regrow my fingerprints, I purchased an angle drill and sanding bundle from Woodturner’s Wonders. Excitement turned to dread as I realized that I now have hundreds of tiny discs to corral. Any suggestions as to effective and efficient storage?
 

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PVC caps - the ones with flat bottoms - in a drawer. I hot-glued a thin plywood divider in the drawerto keep them from shifting around.

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Extra disks (that don't fit in the caps) are in a bottom drawer somewhere.
You win, since they're my disks
 
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I see many people have individual pads for each grit. Is this to lessen the eventual separation of the hook and loop from the pad, or is there worry of cross contamination of if you use the same pad for a variety of grits?

I have many pads but find it faster to just change the sandpaper grit.
 

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I see many people have individual pads for each grit. Is this to lessen the eventual separation of the hook and loop from the pad, or is there worry of cross contamination of if you use the same pad for a variety of grits?

I have many pads but find it faster to just change the sandpaper grit.

If you're going to use hook and loop sanding discs, then having many mandrels is the only way to go. I don't use H&L anymore, but when I did, I found that attaching the discs and then removing them over and over again, wears out the H&L. Eventually they don't stick as well as they did when new. The pads for the mandrels.....same thing......the H&L will wear out with use, and will eventually need to be replaced.

I see this thread is mostly about sanding disc storage, but a big part of sanding is using sheet abrasive, too......I'll post my sheet sandpaper storage shortly when I find a good photo.....

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OK, for sheet sandpaper storage, I built this little box with individual shelves. Cheap and efficient.

The paper cutter, courtesy of my dear old mom, who was a career school teacher.....gave me this antique paper cutter. Works great for cutting sandpaper into strips. The bulk strips of sandpaper are then stored in pvc tubes. I normally cut enough sandpaper strips to last me a couple months at a time, so cutting the strips isn't something that needs to be done very often. (In this photo, it looks like I'm getting pretty close to taking some time off to cut sandpaper strips! :))

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