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    Sandpaper Storage Cabinet

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    Tools and Materials

    by John White

    Good quality sandpaper is expensive and, like any cutting tool in the shop, it is best treated with a bit of care and respect. This article will show you how to build a small benchtop cabinet to sort and store sandpaper. The cabinet keeps the paper ready to use, sorted by grit size, and has blocks on top of each stack to prevent the paper from curling up when the humidity changes.

    Sandpaper is almost never used in full sheet form, so I cut sheets into quarters that measure 4-1/2 in. by 5-1/2 in. before storing them away. The next articles in this series will cover how to make a simple jig that will speed up the quartering of the sheets, and another will show you how to make some sanding blocks, but first I’ll show you how to build the cabinet.

    Except for the 1/4-in. thick plywood back, all of the parts are cut from 3/4-in. thick stock that can be softwood, hardwood, or good quality plywood. The joinery is all butt joints held together by 2-in. long drywall screws, no glue is needed

    I used inexpensive purchased wood knobs for the blocks but you can make your own. The back of the cabinet is just nailed onto the sides with 1” long panel nails. You can rabbet the back edges of the sides and the top to set the back in flush if you want a more finished look. You might also want to add another shelf or two to the cabinet, or add to its width, either for some additional paper storage or to hold a few sanding blocks along with the paper.

    The shelves are 5-1/2-in. deep but you should cut them to 6-1/4-in. deep to start, drill the one inch holes for the finger notches centered along the 5-1/2-in. final width line, and then rip off the 3/4-in. strip to create the half round notches. The width of the shelves allows for 4-3/4 in. wide spaces for each section, the blocks are the same size as the paper, 4-1/2-in. by 5-1/2-in. The dividers on each shelf are 3/4-in. wide and 1-in. high and are attached by a pair of 1-1/4-in. drywall screws installed from the underside. The shelves are spaced 5-in. apart and the bottom shelf is 3-in. above the bottom edge.

    How to Make

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    Follow the plan dimensions: Build this sandpaper storage cabinet using dimensions from the plan: http://images.taunton.com/enewsletters/sw/downloads/sandpaper-cabinet.pdf