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Project by hairy posted 714 days ago 2461 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish I had thought of it. This is in the Oct 2012 Wood magazine, a tip from Tony Finlay from South Penrith, NSW, Australia. Thanks, Tony.!! Great idea using paint rollers as buffing pads.

He used a dowel between centers, I turned a taper to be held in a chuck and cone live center. Everything needed was here already. Quick and easy!

I used White Diamond compound on a walnut chisel handle as a trial run. I’m satisfied enough to get a better roller. I’m sure I bought the cheapest one in the store when I got it. It was on hand so I used it .

My only experience buffing is on motorcycle fork tubes and metal parts, messy work. This wasn’t. I did use dust collection to catch the lint and hopefully the compound flying off the roller. If I notice a mess from this, I’ll rig up a cardboard box as a shield around it to contain the mess. I’d recommend using reverse if you have it, to have anything coming off the roller going away from you.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...





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AJswoodshop

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#1 posted 714 days ago

Cool beans!

AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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ddockstader

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#2 posted 714 days ago

I saw the same tip, but I like your solution better. Gotta go get some paint rollers right now. Thanks.

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mtenterprises

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#3 posted 714 days ago

Why not tale the mount off the roller handle and put a bolt on one end to chuck up and put the live center in the other end.
MIKE

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Bagtown

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#4 posted 714 days ago

lol I saw this and read it as “on lathe butter”
and the picture looked vaguely like a piece of butter on your lathe.

Really need to get my eyes checked. lol

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Roger

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#5 posted 714 days ago

Very interesting Hairy. For reverse, all we gotta do is stand on the other side o the lathe, if possible. :) I’ll bet this works like a charm.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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marines087

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#6 posted 714 days ago

Slick, i like it

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 714 days ago

Interesting peice, Hairy.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Daniel Wise

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#8 posted 714 days ago

Great idea. Especially if you don’t want to buy a dedicated buffer or take a wheel off you grinder. I’ll have to try this.

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tomd

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#9 posted 714 days ago

Very inovative, great idea.

-- Tom D

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crashn

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#10 posted 714 days ago

Can I send some shoes your way for a fantastic buffing job ? hehe

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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mafe

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#11 posted 714 days ago

Great idea.
I think I would buy a paint roll with natural hairs so they will not melt and burn into the metal if used on metal.
But if the rpm are low it might work fine.
Have to try this one day.
Clever.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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ronbuhg

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#12 posted 714 days ago

Hairy, you seem like the go-to-guy for my question…..is it possible to use this idea in a drill press,since I do not have a lathe maybe put some sort of support on the bottom side of the roller for support and for making it stable a lazy susan modified to work with this or something else you think will work better ? great idea !!....thanks for sharing this with us !

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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mtenterprises

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#13 posted 714 days ago

ronbuhg – Take the roller cover mount off a paint roller insert a threaded rod in the center, tighten down 2 nuts on each end. Chuck one end of the threaded rod in the chuck. At the other end drill a hole the size of the rod you used into a thick piece of hardwood, lightly grease the hole and insert th threaded rod then clamp the wood to the drillpress table and go to town. Slow speed to start then try other speeds.
MIKE

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DaddyZ

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#14 posted 713 days ago

Nice Idea !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Jeffery Mullen

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#15 posted 712 days ago

I like it cool idea.

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