No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”
When I first got my Festool Sander, an ETS 125, followed several months later by a 5″ Rotex RO 125 FEQ, I immediately noticed how much longer Festool Abrasives last, compared to other name brands I’ve used. Because of their longevity, and the associated cost, I hoped to use some again. However, I was flinging used disks with no particular pattern.
My new routine is to keep one of my sandpaper-slicing jigs handy and, as a disk dies, slap it scratchy-side-down onto the jig with the three middle holes lined up on a scoring groove.
Flip out the retractable knife and cut it in half, rotate 90?, cut again and you have four little pieces of sandpaper that can be used for hand-sanding.
If one is too worn out, you’ll know quickly, and you can pitch it. This technique eliminates using tired, old disks that might otherwise get into your “good, but used” stack.
Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.