How to Store Sandpaper Correctly

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When it comes to woodworking, a sandpaper is a useful tool. As a matter of fact, you cannot achieve a fine, almost perfect output without sanding the surface first. However, you may not be able to use the entire pad in a single use. Does this mean that you will just simply through the remaining sandpaper away and purchase another one next time? What if you have purchased a batch of sandpaper and you only used one. What will happen to the other pads?

While it may be easy for you to conclude that storing a sandpaper is easy, just leaving it behind for future use, storing it “correctly” is another thing. Doing so is very important in order to ensure that the quality of the sandpaper is not affected by being exposed to open elements in the environment. To guide you with the process, we have come up with this instruction guide on how to store sandpaper correctly.

Materials Needed

  • Milk crate/Wooden box/discarded drawer
  • 2x12 lumbers


Step 1: Prepare the Materials

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The goal here is to use a storage box (can be a milk crate, any wooden box, or a discarded drawer). Aside from being good tools for sandpaper storage, recycling them from trash is also a smart move. You also need 2x12 lumbers which gives the weight needed to make sure that the sandpaper remains flat while in storage.

Step 2: Arrange sandpaper and lumber in layers

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The next thing is to arrange the sandpaper pads and lumber in layers. Make sure that all sides of the sandpaper are evenly flattened out. This is one thing that poses a problem with other methods. Without the weight on top of the sandpaper, the pad easily curls, making it challenging to flatten out later on.

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Step 3: Label the layers according to the grit number

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In order to organize things even better, you can also categorize your sandpaper by adding some label showing the grit number of each pad. This will allow you to easily choose the one that you will use later on. This is not just for the purpose of convenience, but it is also pleasing to the eyes to do so.

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The steps mentioned above are just the basic ones. However, no one can prevent you from being artistic even in this very simple project. For example, you can choose applying “finishing” on the lumber, or even paint it, depending on your preferences. Also, you can do something with the box to make it more “functional” or even elegantly designed. You can release your artistic side in this regard in order to create the best storage solution for your project. Whatever you do with the materials, the goal is to make sure that you have an appropriate storage for your sandpaper, so that it will stay as flat as possible, and ready for the next use. By adding labels, it becomes easier as well.


Keep in mind that there are different ways on how to store sandpaper correctly. The instruction listed above, however, is a tested way to do so. For one, it makes sure that the quality of sandpaper is retained, fit for the next use, and at the same time, it is also a good way for you to recycle items in your work shop.

Did you like the tips mentioned? If you have other suggestions and thoughts, please feel free to share them in the comment section below. Don’t hesitate to share this article to your friends and colleagues if you liked it!

  • September 25, 2017
  • DIY