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How to Make a Sanding Jig

It can be difficult and dangerous to sand small pieces with a palm sander. This jig is a safe and simple way to sand and hold a wooden jigsaw puzzle piece.

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making a sanding jig
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Trace the Shape

If you try to use a palm sander to sand a small piece, the motion of the random orbital sander can cause the piece to spin away. This jig holds it in place.

To begin making the jig, trace the puzzle shape on a piece of Masonite.

making the jig

Step 2: Cut Around the Line

Cut around the traced line using a rotary tool. Use a 360-degree bit so you can cut in any direction. Cut slightly wide of the line. You may choose to make a clearance hole.

cut around traced line using rotary tool

Step 3: Sand the Piece

Put the template over a piece of non-slip padding.

Next, put the shape into the template and start sanding.

Use a detail sander to get into the crevices of the puzzle piece.

Tip: Use a simple circle template to sand several shapes.

put shape into template and start sanding