Stack squares of sandpaper on a spindle for an easy-to-make tabletop tree decoration.
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From the package of sandpaper, mark off squares on the backs of the sheets in the following quantities and sizes: 12 at 6 inches, 12 at 5-1/2 inches, 10 at 5 inches, 10 at 4-1/2 inches, 9 at 4 inches, 8 at 3-1/2 inches, 7 at 3 inches, 6 at 2-1/2 inches, 5 at 2 inches, and 4 at 1-1/2 inches.
Combine sizes on a single sheet to get the most from each piece of sandpaper. For example, combining the 5-1/2-inch and the 3-1/2-inch squares on a single sheet uses nearly all of the sandpaper.
Place the sandpaper on a safe cutting surface and use a utility knife and straightedge to cut the squares in each size. From the moving box, cut strips 1-1/4 inches wide. Then cut 1-1/4-inch squares from each strip. Make 90 cardboard squares to have a few extras on hand.
Drill a 1/4-inch hole through the cork saucer at the center. Cut a 12-inch section from the dowel and glue it in the hole using epoxy.
On one sandpaper square of each size, draw an X at the center. Use a sharp pencil to make a small hole at the mark. Use this piece as a template to mark the centers of the remaining squares of each size. Now push the pencil through the centers of the sandpaper squares. Use a hole punch to make holes in the centers of the small cardboard squares.
Organize the sandpaper squares by size. Starting with the 6-inch squares, place them on the dowel while alternating their orientation and placing cardboard squares between pieces. Continue adding sandpaper squares in descending sizes and cardboard spacers until you reach the top of the spindle, occasionally pressing the stack down toward the cork base.
At the top of the dowel, place a small amount of epoxy. Center the wood smokestack on the tip of the dowel and hold it in place by hand until the adhesive sets.