Contour Sanding Grips

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Rockler Double-Ended Contour Sanding Grips

I want to share with you a cool tool that I recently grabbed that I wish I had bought these years ago!  They’re called profile or contour sanding grips.

To me, sanding is a necessary evil. I don’t know anyone who enjoys sanding.  My carpenter friend George always reminds me to use good sandpaper and change it often, he says, “sandpaper is cheap, labor is expensive.” 

Sand Smart with Sanding Grips

Using the right sandpaper can make a job faster and less tedious, and so can using sanding grips. Sanding grips are great for sanding round, curved or grooved surfaces without destroying crispness or the finer details.
To use them you simply wrap sandpaper around the profile and sand away.

Using these Contour Sanding Grips

I find myself usage these grips when detailing crown moldings and window stools. They protect my fingers from getting cut up, and do not dig into the detail of the molding or profile – it’s a professional way to get high quality detail sanding.

I usually cut down a sheet of sand paper to the width of the grips, there is no need to have special sizes paper for the grip set.


Rockler Double-Ended Grips

Rockler’s double-ended contour sanding blocks allow you to sand both concave and convex shapes. Each sanding grip are made out of rubber and have a convex profile on one end, and a concave profile, on the opposite end.

These flexible rubber are made from dense enough rubber that they hold shape really well yet can bend around simplex curves so you can sand all the details. The two ends are connected by a narrow flexible section that provides a comfortable finger grip and a good place to hold the grips.

Contour Sanding Grip Sizes

Contour Sanding Grip Set includes a total of six blocks with the following inside/outside diameters: 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4” and 7/8”. Diameters are molded into the rubber for easy selection.

  • (1) 3/8” Contour Sanding Grip
  • (1) 1/2” Contour Sanding Grip
  • (1) 5/8” Contour Sanding Grip
  • (1) 3/4” Contour Sanding Grip
  • (1) 7/8” Contour Sanding Grip

Technical Details

  • Weight 0.5000
  • Tech Spec
  • Inside/Outside Diameters: 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4” and 7/8”
  • Material: NBR Rubber


The Rockler contour sanding grips sell for approximately $14.99 here.

Overall Thoughts On The Contour Sanding Grips

I really wish I had bought these years ago! They would have saved my fingers from years of sanding. More importantly, these grips have just enough flexibility to follow the curve, and give a much more consistent finish!

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Robert Robillard

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