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Forum topic by hairy posted 08-06-2013 01:05 AM 1741 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 01:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe buffer

I made all the mistakes for you.

This : 3 @12” long

Is much better than this: 1 @ 36” long

I thought it was worth a try, it’s not.It is stable only at low speed, it got pretty exciting when I cranked up the speed.

If you carve, this is worth it. 12” long

The drive end is drilled and tapped to screw onto the spindle. The tailstock end is made to fit a live center.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 01:16 AM

Hahaha. Thanks Hairy. I imagine that longer one would get kind of squirrelly. What are the two other things on the last picture, besides the buffing wheel? It looks like some type of sandpaper, but can’t be sure.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 02:12 AM

Leather wheels, flat and vee.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 02:19 AM

you could make up a steady rest to put in the center, use two it that still doesn’t work

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 12:47 PM

I’ve thought about doing this with an older lathe I don’t use anymore. I do like the variety of wheels, and strops you’ve made up on here. Maybe if the wheels were just a little closer to each other, they might be more stable… Just a thought.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 01:13 PM

I considered using a steady before cutting it down. It’s real easy to change from 1 wheel to another.

I’ve read where some folks don’t like the 3 wheel setup because of too little space between the wheels. I guess it all comes down to how big your project is.

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 01:37 PM

It’s an interesting contraption, Hairy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 07:13 PM


You always have me laughting. You are like Stumpy when he has his Videos.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 08-08-2013 07:04 PM

I have to laugh. Its true how things seem so much better on paper. You have a good set up now. I have an extra lathe now and wondering if I should utilize it for something like this or just sell it. Thanks for the tips.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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