Dowel As Mini Drum Sander

When smoothing concave edges, particularly in confined areas, I find that a dowel wrapped in sandpaper and chucked in a drill serves as a great mini drum sander of sorts. To make one, bisect one end of a short length of stout dowel using a bandsaw or handsaw, and insert a strip of sandpaper into the kerf. Then chuck the other end in a drill. The rotation of the drill as you work causes the paper to wrap around the dowel, creating the drum sander effect. The real beauty of this is that, when the paper wears, you simply tear off the used section to expose new grit and quickly get back to work.

—Bob Howard, Saint Louis, Missouri

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