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How to Make a Jig for Sanding Small Objects

This jig is scaled to hold a small object so it can be sanded with a disc sander. The jig provides more control when shaping the piece and puts distance between your fingers and the machinery.

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jig is scaled to hold a small object
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Make a Block, and Cut a Notch

Adhere two pieces of oak together to create a block. Use screws and glue to secure the pieces.

Mark a rectangle where a notch will be cut from the block, then cut the notch with a band saw.

adhere two pieces of oak together to create block

Step 2: Drill a Hole, and Add a Rod

Use a drill press to drill a hole through the center of one leg of the block (Image 1). Use a fence on the drill press to prevent the piece from spinning.

Push a threaded rod through the hole and secure it on either side with a T-nut (Image 2).

Step 3: Apply Metal and Rubber

Glue a piece of flat metal to the end of the threaded rod. This piece pressures the small object and holds it in the jig. Note: Too much pressure can cause the jig to split.

Cut a piece of rubber down to size and place it on the bottom, clamping the surface of the jig.