|Project by TheDane||posted 01-01-2012 02:46 AM||8139 views||33 times favorited||54 comments|
StumpyNubs’ Blue Collar Woodworking #7 ( http://lumberjocks.com/StumpyNubs/blog/27256 ) inspired me to try his idea of using MDF discs and buffing compound instead of glass platters and sandpaper on my WS3000.
I found some 1/2’ MDF in the shed, so I screwed a face-plate to a piece of 2X, turned it round, then drilled a 7/8” hole in the center while it was still on the lathe.
I took the blank off the face plate, drilled a 5/8” counter bore on the backside and pounded in a 7/8” hex bolt.
I cut a piece of MDF about 6 1/2” square, knocked off the corners on the bandsaw, and mounted it on the lathe.
Note that the spindle on the WS3000 is actually 12mm. My local big box doesn’t stock metric bolts that big, so I started with the 7/8” bolt, turned the MDF blank to size, then took the MDF disc to the drill press and bored the hole out to 31/64”.
Also, if you turn MDF discs on the lathe, be advised that, if the tools you use were not dull when you started, they will be when you are done … MDF blunts the cutting edges.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"