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Rockler Sanding Bow

Comfortable bow-shaped handle takes the strain off your fingers—ideal for curved and contoured workpieces!
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For sanding rounded contours, radiused corners or irregular shapes, reach for the Rockler Sanding Bow. Its comfortable bow-shaped handle takes the strain off your fingers and makes difficult sanding tasks feel like a walk in the park. Well-suited for a wide variety of sanding jobs, including curved table legs, carvings and guitar, ukulele and mandolin necks. A long stroke length of about a foot makes for fast sanding with less clogging.


  • Ideal for hard-to-sand curves and rounded contours
  • Glass fiber construction with rubber overmold for durability, comfort and grip
  • Hinged 2-piece handle with toothed hinge for setting belt tension
  • Tool-free knobs on both ends of bow for ease of abrasive adjustment/replacement
  • Narrow width lets you sand in tight areas
  • Folds up for compact storage
  • Use with cloth-backed sandpaper only (e.g. #22134, sold separately)
(1) Rockler Sanding Bow
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Brand Rockler
Manufacturer Part Number GEN50119
Weight 0.7500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Glass fiber with rubber overmold
  • Overall Bow Width (with knobs): 1-5/8''
  • Fully Extended Bow Length: 12-1/4''
  • Folded Bow Length: 8-1/4''
  • Recommended Sanding Strip Lengths: 11-1/2'', 12-1/2'' and 13-1/2''
  • Compatible Sandpaper: 1'' wide cloth-backed (e.g. #22134, sold separately)
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sanding bow
Very hand tool especially for curves and edges. Don't know how I lived this long without one.
November 29, 2019
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
What's better
I have always wanted something like this. I Have built some similar in the past but none were quite right. This fits the bill !l
Only thing better on this tool would be a/an adjustable camlok system of some sort to make it easier to change the strips.and I haven't even fired up the lathe yet.. gonna put a BIG save on Christmas gifts.
November 26, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Sanding Bow. If you do work on Banjo's Guitars etc. This is essential to smoothing out a neck. WoW!
Furniture and musical instruments with round necks and legs. WoW
November 25, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bow Sander
An excelent curved sanding device for small projects.
November 24, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great tool
Great tool to sand items with curved and hard to reach areas. My grand son Henry’s rocking chair project.
Sanding rocking chair using bow sander.
Sanding rocking chair using bow sander.
November 17, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good design and very useful
Very useful on odd shaped pieces. Easy to change paper and holds the paper firmly.
November 11, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great idea
Very solidly built and great idea. If you have Belt sander belt that has broken off, you can sliced in to strips to use.
November 10, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler Sanding Bow
I haven't used this sanding bow very much yet, but it is well made and I like it so far.
October 3, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wow, Perfect
Thought this would be the ideal gadget for a project I was making that had curves galore. I already had the cloth backed sanding strips for use with it. It was perfect for what I needed. Easy to install the sanding strips and made short work of my project's curves.
September 20, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great sanding tool!
Easy to use and lots of control. Like it a lot!
September 2, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Xmas want for husband wants
Kriss D on Dec 2, 2019
could use one
Kathleen H on Nov 23, 2019
Xmas want for husband wants
Kriss D on Dec 2, 2019
Sounded like something to make some upcoming projects easier
Karl K on Nov 24, 2019
could use one
Kathleen H on Nov 23, 2019
Looks very handy.
Richard B on Nov 21, 2019
appears to be a handy device
bobbileej on Nov 16, 2019
Christmas gift for my hubby.
theresa k on Nov 15, 2019
Christmas gift for someone.
James H on Nov 15, 2019
for hand sanding curved and round objects
timothy s on Nov 14, 2019
Hoping it works better than the ones I made for myself.
Michael H on Nov 14, 2019
Shaping spoons, canes etc
William T on Nov 14, 2019
I need to sand legs and braces on a stool
Charles R on Nov 11, 2019
Will work well for odd shapes areas
Jim on Nov 11, 2019
Looks like a handy item and on sale
George H on Nov 10, 2019
seems like a tool that will ease wear and tear on hands when doing repetitive sanding on table legs and the like
Joseph J M on Nov 10, 2019
Great price, great value.
Loren on Nov 7, 2019
To sand shaped pieces easier.
William S on Nov 6, 2019
Great idea, always wanted something to sand rounded parts.
Mark H on Nov 3, 2019
Building a new stair rail with branched tree silhouettes as balusters, so lots of inside round-over corners to sand.
Jim C on Oct 31, 2019
I wanted to try it out, especially for the finer grits on musical instruments like guitars banjos and ukuleles.
Jeff Warner on Oct 27, 2019
I needed one for projects and never had one it will make things a lot easier
Dustin W on Oct 26, 2019
Knife making. Black Friday sale.
Robert B on Oct 26, 2019
On sale.
George on Oct 25, 2019
To sand chair legs.
Guest S on Sep 15, 2019
It's another great sanding tool
L O on Aug 29, 2019
Been waiting months to see these go on sale.
Corwin J on Aug 25, 2019
Appear to be a great and useful tool for all those odd shaped projects.
Roger on Aug 24, 2019
Will work good for sanding rustic furniture with bark and no bark on the framework. Irregular surfaces.
Gary H on Aug 19, 2019
I have over 1000 ft of 1" wide sandpaper coils that fit nothing I have. I can make some use of it with this sanding bow, maybe. Certainly can be useful for shining things up on the lath or even in the woodworking part of my life. If it works out, I'll buy another or two to keep different grits in.
Mike L on Aug 18, 2019
It is unique and I want one.
Jack H on Aug 15, 2019
Looks like it’s well made!
Jim on Aug 11, 2019
I wanted it
Everly E S on Aug 11, 2019
Optimal for sanding my kayaking Greenland paddle, but I'm sure I'll get more use in the shop.
GIOVANNI L on Aug 6, 2019
Obviously the handiest method to hand sand with abrasive strips or to ease edges - plus this looks much more "serious" than the options seen elsewhere.
brownthumb on Aug 3, 2019
I have an assortment of outdoor tools with rounded wooden handles that need to be maintained, and I'm thinking this will allow for a faster remedy. Also, I suspect that I'll find other uses for it.
Don K on Jul 28, 2019
I need to sand several chair rungs and this product looks like it may make the job easier.
Vincent P on Jul 7, 2019
To see if this helps sand edges of live slabs
John R on Jul 5, 2019
ROC on Jul 2, 2019
looks good
Mike R on Jun 28, 2019
It's a unique and useful tool I could not find anywhere else.
Jim on Jun 25, 2019
Wanted to try this sanding approach for turned items.
Frederick M F on Jun 22, 2019
I have wanted to try it for awhile.
Jack M on Jun 16, 2019
I just wanted the darn thing! And it was on sale. ; )
Bryant G on Jun 14, 2019
To use with the lathe.
Jacob H on Jun 4, 2019
A very nice tool, I look forward to use it. I am not aware that this type of tool is available anywhere else
Randall T on May 26, 2019
I just got a new lathe. I have several rolls of sandpaper.
Dennis D on May 24, 2019
need to try it out
Bruce P on May 18, 2019
Serita C on May 17, 2019
We have one and want to give one of these for part of a wedding present.
Marilynn P on May 14, 2019
will be useful for sanding some wood turning projects
randy on May 13, 2019
The quality of their tools and their service is superior.
William (Terry) M on May 8, 2019
Sounded like something to make some upcoming projects easier
Karl K on Nov 24, 2019
Looks very handy.
Richard B on Nov 21, 2019
Can you use this on a lathe?
Walnut on Aug 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: NO, it is not intended to be used on a lathe, that is considered a safety hazard.
Where do you get the sand paper?
W on Oct 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: From Rockler. They sell rolls of it, in different grits, in their “Woodtutners Multi-roll Sanding Pack”. I cut a small notch in each strip, to accommodate the screws that hold the grip ends.
Has anyone figured out a quick and easy way to adjust the sandpaper strip tight?
Jim on Jul 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had good success by removing one set of the claw end teeth and having the tension adjustment loose. Press down on the sanding strip and tighten the knurled knob.
This uses standard sandpaper?
Stephen B on Oct 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Standard sand paper will not work well on this sanding bow...however I use the unused portion of my sanding belts, they seem to hold up quite well, and come in quite a variety of different grits.
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