I want to create the "Best Sanding Blocks Ever"

I believe everyone already has a go to for radius sanding.
I use a piece of PVC pipe or a piece of broom stick for tighter places like fender lips.

So, what you need to think of is, is there a demand for this product?
 
FedEx said they would be here Monday, and then showed up today with half of the latest shipment of sanding blocks.
I wasn't quite ready, was trying to get some quick epoxy work done on some parts before making room tomorrow.
Oh well, no problem, I adjusted on the fly.
So, half of the 24-inch (and next batch of 8/16 inch) blocks are here. And they came out great!
Tomorrow will be busy packing and shipping them to those who participated in the pre-sale of the 24-inch.
I budgeted for 100 pre-sale 24-inch blocks and came in at 99. Perfect.
Watch for a shipping notice and it will be in your hands soon.

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Don’t it figure. I finished blocking yesterday and look what shows up today. Not sure what to do with it as I’m never restoring another vehicle. It is much cleaner than the prototype!
 

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I've been dragging my feet ordering these, but I just placed an order on Amazon for all 3 blocks.

Having pretty much every other plastic and foam sanding block on the market hopefully these will get some use as well.

Dean, is there any progress on the splines at all? I've been eyeing the kit from Australia but I'd definitely buy them from the US if possible
 
Looking good, Dean. I noticed that the brand is listed as "Generic". Is that by design or is Amazon trolling you?

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Emil
There are a bunch of hoops to jump through to register a brand with Amazon. I've started the process but they have to review it before approving. It will be better when that is in place.
 
I've been dragging my feet ordering these, but I just placed an order on Amazon for all 3 blocks.

Having pretty much every other plastic and foam sanding block on the market hopefully these will get some use as well.
First Amazon sale. Thanks Jim!
Man, they take a big bite, hopefully make it up with volume . . .
 
Dean, is there any progress on the splines at all? I've been eyeing the kit from Australia but I'd definitely buy them from the US if possible
Thought I would make the Splines update a separate post.

I've come up with the dimensions for an initial set. I just benchmarked what is currently offered.
My thinking is an initial set of (8) splines with these dimensions:

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They would be made from HDPE (same material plastic filler spreaders are made of) and cut with square edges and corners.

These are so simple, I'm not sure the cost of typical prototyping is justified.

I'm thinking to do a "Prototype Pre-Sale" where I just place an order for those who want to give these a try, understanding that they may not be the final end product, but are probably very close.

Cost, with shipping included, would be between $50 and $75.

Any interest? I'd need about 100 sets to make the factory run and inbound shipping worthwhile.
 
Thought I would make the Splines update a separate post.

I've come up with the dimensions for an initial set. I just benchmarked what is currently offered.
My thinking is an initial set of (8) splines with these dimensions:

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They would be made from HDPE (same material plastic filler spreaders are made of) and cut with square edges and corners.

These are so simple, I'm not sure the cost of typical prototyping is justified.

I'm thinking to do a "Prototype Pre-Sale" where I just place an order for those who want to give these a try, understanding that they may not be the final end product, but are probably very close.

Cost, with shipping included, would be between $50 and $75.

Any interest? I'd need about 100 sets to make the factory run and inbound shipping worthwhile.
I'm definitely interested.

The Melomotive 9 piece set is made from "high tensile composite material". Not sure what is meant by that...

The cost shipped from Australia is around 500 to my door.

Your idea sounds way more cost effective for sure.
 
The only question I have is if a thicker spline would be beneficial for the longer ones. I know after reusing my typical 4,5, and 6" spreaders they start to warp over time.

I would think a thicker version would warp less over time. Maybe I'm over thinking things..
 
Dean,
Just left a review on Amazon for you. Hasn't shown up though. I suppose it takes time. I would encourage others to do the same
 
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