A tutorial on how to make a DIY Sandpaper Storage Organizer from scrap wood
If you’ve spent any amount of time around here, you’ll have heard me claim that organization is one of my love languages. I’m a textbook Enneagram Type 1 – order and purpose are my lifelines. A place for everything = everything in its place. I love that I could take a few scraps that would otherwise collect dust in my wood pile and turn it into something useful! The amount of joy this DIY Sandpaper Storage Organizer brings me is a little embarrassing.
I recently moved into the #WoodhouseWorkshop and am focusing my attention on organizing everything. I searched high and low for sandpaper storage solutions, but everything I found online was pretty basic. Then, I stumbled across my friend Jeremy’s sandpaper storage solution on his Instagram account. Check out how he uses store-bought galvanized containers as his sanding disc storage. Genius! Sadly, these containers were out of stock, so I wracked my brain on how I could replicate the idea.
This is what I came up with and I am soooo happy with how this DIY sandpaper storage organizer turned out!
How To Make A DIY Sandpaper Storage Organizer
- Diablo SandNet™ discs
- 3/4-inch plywood
- 1/4-inch plywood
- wood glue
I stacked 3/4-inch plywood for the little cubbies and used 1/4-inch plywood as the dividers. Making this sandpaper holder is as easy as cutting out the parts and gluing them all together. To cut the plywood, you can use a jigsaw, bandsaw, scroll saw, router, or even a CNC if you have one. I recently got this Bosch jigsaw and was eager to try it out! There are 4 orbital-action settings for different blade strokes and a variable speed dial that lets you match the speed to whatever application you’re using – from smooth to aggressive to long, steady cuts. I also really liked the ergonomic handle, which was both comfortable and easy to maneuver.
First, I made a prototype that worked perfectly fine, but because my jig saw cuts weren’t absolutely identical, I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. The jigsaw itself was great, handled well, and gave me a lot of control and maneuverability, but anything short of perfection is irritating to us Type 1s so I quickly recreated the design digitally and brought it to my CNC to cut out. If you have a CNC, feel free to download the SVG file here.
After all of the pieces were cut out, I glued them together and used painter’s tape to hold it until the glue dried. You can use clamps here if you have them. Each cubby is 3 stacks deep with a 1/4-inch divider in between. I made the organizer so that it had 7 cubbies total, holding my 80-, 100-, 120-, 180-, 220-, 320-, and 400-grit sanding discs. Of course, you can make this sandpaper organizer to fit your needs!
As a Diablo brand ambassador, I’m able to demo their new products before they hit the market. A few years ago, they introduced their SandNet™ sanding discs and they’ve been a staple in my workshop ever since. SandNet™ sanding discs last so much longer than a typical sanding disc because of Diablo’s revolutionary sanding technology. A typical sanding pad will lose its ability to sand because it gets ‘gunked up’ with dust and debris and the teeth get worn down. SandNet™ discs are literally a net so you can clear out that debris by shaking, rinsing, or vacuuming it out! Once cleaned, you can reuse them! So smart.
Once the glue was dry, I grabbed my random orbital sander, gave the organizer a good sanding (with Diablo SandNet™ discs of course!), and screwed it to the wall with wood screws. My new sander has vibration control – Bosch has created an exclusive suspension system that minimizes the vibration for better handling and comfort. There’s a 2-dust collection system: a micro-filter dust canister with a paper filter and a screw-off cap or vacuum hose connection. It definitely made the tedious task of sanding more palatable.
Finally, I labeled each cubby with a different grit sandpaper and loaded it up. I cannot tell you how happy this little scene makes me!
By the way, choosing Purebond plywood for the walls in my workshop was the best choice ever! I love seeing all that beautiful wood grain and everyone who comes in here comments on how great it smells! I also love that I’m able to screw things to the wall without having to locate a stud every time. For the really heavy stuff, I’ll screw into a stud, but for anything 30 lbs. or lighter, I can screw straight into the plywood without issue.
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