|Item Weight||12.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.6 x 3.6 x 1.8 inches|
|Item model number||D2823|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Tip: Cut 11" sandpaper sheet in half (2 5-1/2" sheets). Cut these 2 sheets in thirds to yield 6 3"x5-1/2" sheets. Set one sheet on bench edge with slight overhang. Centered sanding block base on paper. Wrap paper ends around base. Pick up in palm of hand up holding paper in place w/ thumb and fingers. Screw top on to base. Springs will draw the paper tight as the knob is tightened. Use a full sheet of sandpaper with no waste.
First, it is very heavy and substantial, which is good. The wood body feels good in the hand and is shaped well, and the quality of the wood (either oak or ash) appears good. However the fit and finish of the components is questionable. The knurled knob on the top is cheaply made and roughly finished. The metal plate on the bottom has four spring clips used to hold the paper in place, and out of the box, all of the clips were bent out of shape (though the packaging was undamaged, leading me to believe that this is a manufacturing flaw).
While sanding, it does a nice job of holding the paper, though I think it could be easier to mount the paper on the plate. The amount of felt on the plate seems adequate for now, though after a few uses it is showing a little compression. Not a big deal, but long term it could be a bit of a problem.
So, yes, the tool performs as advertised. But, as far as longevity is concerned, or ease of use over the long haul, there are certainly going to be other competing products which will easily surpass this block. If you are a tool collector, such as myself, that insists on purchasing only the best tools that will last a lifetime or longer (e.g. Lie Nielsen), you may be disappointed with the merely passable quality of this sanding block.
As an aside, I've learned over the past decade that Shop Fox products are typically low-end products posing as high-end products. I just gave away some really disappointing Shop Fox precision squares that I had originally purchased about eight years ago; the quality of the squares was quite simply plebeian and poor, and I found I simply never reached for them (preferring to use my Starrett, Veritas, iGuaging, or Empire products instead. Lesson learned and, so, I suspect that this will be my last Shop Fox purchase.
Tip: use a thinly cut piece of duct tape to hold the sand paper down onto the plate on each end of the paper. Place the thin pieces of duct tape on the paper, then put the wood top back onto the post and tighten the knob. This helps insure a properly aligned paper, without having to cut a larger piece. Less waste.
was not centerd needed plyers to get it apart.
Removing the felt showed a weld blob, which would have caused the sander to make a groove in anything I used it on.
So I wasted an hour grinding this down till it was flat, reapplied the felt, and...drumroll please... it works about as well as any of my handmade blocks, which cost nothing.
It would have been more satisfying to have just thrown it away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ideall for small sanding projects. Has good balance & weight is perfect & effortlessly. LarrPublished 11 months ago by Larry A.
Its a nice block and is better than just using the paper by itself. My complaints would be that I don't completely like how it fits in my hand and that it doesn't hold the paper... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nik88
After some effort, this makes a nice block. I thought it was funny that I immediately had to take sandpaper to my sanding block.Published 18 months ago by JPG
Feels good in hand - solid build - easy adjustment - easy to add paper on - solidly holds onto paper while sanding. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Mr. Clean
I'm writing this because I saw some negative reviews and purchased one anyway. It turns out to be a great sanding block, and I have no problems with the workmanship or quality. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by stephanie miziker