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#1 posted 11-12-2011 11:13 PM

If you’re doing this for money making reasons then you’re going to need another lathe. The problem with putting the mandrel on a drill press or anything other than a lathe is that you need to apply the finish and that will spin the mandrel out of whack and maybe even bend it. You need to support both ends of the mandrel.
Go to something like Harbor Frieght or where ever and buy the cheapest possible lathe you can find that will fit your mandrels. You just need something that will hold both ends and spin so you can apply then possibly sand then buff. Can’t think of anything else that will give you a nice finish and not get all over your machinery and be quick, lot of constants in your process.

Put a bearing live center on the plate of the drill press somehow and then mounting the mandrel in a drill press might work.

You could just take the blanks off, stack them all in a row and use a wipe on poly by hand and then wait for them all to dry, recoat, etc.

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