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One of the biggest perks of Fine Woodworking magazine comes in all the handy little tips we pick up from our authors. Michael Fortune’s sandpaper ripping jig is one of them, and it’s a great one. It is simple and cheap to build, and it will save you tons of time in the long run.
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The sander I use most often uses 1/3 sheets (the usual). Long ago, I made a jig similar to this one. It basically has a backstop (Made from a paint stir stick) and a base (made from scrap) with a slot cut at the precise width of the sanspaper I need for that sander. All I do is take a sheet, set it against the backstop, then use a utility knife and follow the slot. It works great and is so simple anyone could do it.
A while back I was at Harbor Freight and found a 9 x 12 paper cutter for $12.95. My first thought was of using this as a sandpaper cutter. I bought it and It works great.
When I was at Office Depot I also purchased a small plastic hanging file folder with a hinged lid and handle for $9.95 and use it for storing and sorting sheets of sandpaper.
for under $25 I now have a way to store and cut sandpaper.
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