Originally Posted by Brass Tacks
have no worries, I'll make a template and do my sanding away from the stock. no way will any abrasives get near that wood
A template is great for initial fitting. But, for final fitting it is best to do the last bit of sanding with the pad attached. You then mask off the stock where it meets the pad and then carefully hand sand. Once the sandpaper starts to wear away the paper, that area of the pad is done.