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Old 01-23-2019, 07:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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One more thought, if you have a large box store, Lowe's or Home Depot or similar, you might be able to pick up generic buffing wheels, an allthread rod about a foot long, nuts and washers to fit either side of the buffer wheels and just make your own... I found 3 6" wheels at the local Lowers here that I use almost as much as the Don Pencil system... I keep the home made on on my little lathe for quick buffs of small items, bottle stoppers, pens (although it's been years since I made a pen), pepper mills, etc.... I have one of PSI's small chucks with 4 bars on it that I hold the allthread rod in place on the little lathe.

I took a similar approach - bought a set of three 8" wheels at Harbor Freight - stitched (for tripoli), muslin (for white diamond), and flannel (for wax), and three sets of nuts and matching bolts from Ace Hardware. Turned mounts from scraps of wood that are drilled and tapped to screw onto my lathe spindle.

Buffing is not rocket science.
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One more thought, if you have a large box store, Lowe's or Home Depot or similar, you might be able to pick up generic buffing wheels, an allthread rod about a foot long, nuts and washers to fit either side of the buffer wheels and just make your own... I found 3 6" wheels at the local Lowers here that I use almost as much as the Don Pencil system... I keep the home made on on my little lathe for quick buffs of small items, bottle stoppers, pens (although it's been years since I made a pen), pepper mills, etc.... I have one of PSI's small chucks with 4 bars on it that I hold the allthread rod in place on the little lathe.

I took a similar approach - bought a set of three 8" wheels at Harbor Freight - stitched (for tripoli), muslin (for white diamond), and flannel (for wax), and three sets of nuts and matching bolts from Ace Hardware. Turned mounts from scraps of wood that are drilled and tapped to screw onto my lathe spindle.

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Mine runs off an old washing machine motor. Husband built it for me.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:25 AM   #13 (permalink)
 
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You can get a buffer from Harbor Freight for about $40 when on sale. Currently $53. Iíve used mine for about 8 years now. Iím not sure if you have those in Canada though.

https://m.harborfreight.com/6-in-buffer-61557.html

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No Harbor Freight in Canada and their shipping costs to us are ridiculously high. Closest we have is Princess Auto and a similar buffer to the one you show is $130 with an 8" one being $165. They don't have the coupons you get with HF either.

https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...er/A-p8502494e
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I have published an article in the library "4 Stage Buffing System" which might be helpful.
I also have my own How to document with the part/items numbers of all of the parts. If any one wants it. I can add it as an attachment. Here's a photo (no surprises; I am sure all know what one looks like :-) )

I also bought a speed control foot pedal/switch that allows me to control the speed. I bought it by accident thinking it was an on/off switch. It is compatible with my Rikon. I also called Rikon and they said it was fine and will not damage the motor or void the warranty. https://linemaster.com/product-finder/
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This has been an interesting thread. The ideas for DIY have given me an idea that I might see about making a buffing system. The major penmaker in our AAW chapter says to buff the blank for a better finish.
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One more thought, if you have a large box store, Lowe's or Home Depot or similar, you might be able to pick up generic buffing wheels, an allthread rod about a foot long, nuts and washers to fit either side of the buffer wheels and just make your own... I found 3 6" wheels at the local Lowers here that I use almost as much as the Don Pencil system... I keep the home made on on my little lathe for quick buffs of small items, bottle stoppers, pens (although it's been years since I made a pen), pepper mills, etc.... I have one of PSI's small chucks with 4 bars on it that I hold the allthread rod in place on the little lathe.

I took a similar approach - bought a set of three 8" wheels at Harbor Freight - stitched (for tripoli), muslin (for white diamond), and flannel (for wax), and three sets of nuts and matching bolts from Ace Hardware. Turned mounts from scraps of wood that are drilled and tapped to screw onto my lathe spindle.

Buffing is not rocket science.
Mine runs off an old washing machine motor. Husband built it for me.

That is funny, mine came from a sump pump motor.
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I remembered that I have a generic brand 6 inch grinder, 3.5 amp, 3500 rpm. Didn't pull it off the shelf to check the shaft diameter. Is that too fast for a buffing system? TIA.
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Is that too fast for a buffing system?
Put 6" buffs on it and you'll be fine.
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If you don't mind using your lathe, make a mandrel like this. Drill and tap a blank to fit the spindle, then drill and tap the end to fit an appropriate sized bolt. I have several of these, one for each compound, the mandrel, the compound and wheel all store in their individual plastic zip bags.

The third version is so I do not have to grab a wrench for changing the wheel.

I also made another version that screws on to a 4 1/2" Harbor Freight grinder, It was hooked up to a router speed controller so I have a variable speed buffing wheels/ Sorry no pictures, it was given to my son.
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