Beall Storage

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Project by Doe posted 09-07-2013 12:52 PM 2719 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a place to store my Beall buffing system that keeps the wheels from being contaminated by the other compounds. I had a plastic bin that was not wide enough for the entire mandrel so my husband added wood rings to support the mandrel. One side has a bigger hole for the morse taper which goes in first. I’ve been using this for three years and it’s really convenient; the only change was to label the lid with T, D, and W to make sure that the lid always goes on the same way. Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 01:03 PM

Very neat idea, Doreen. I wished you lived closer. I’d like to try out the Beall system and see how it works and how to use it properly. I want to build one because many pieces I make cannot be polished on the lathe because of irregular shapes.

T,D & W …... .......Tripoli, white Diamond and carnuba Wax

That is smart idea to keep the buffing wheels clean of anything except the proper compound!!


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#2 posted 09-07-2013 02:15 PM

Timely post, I am planning to get a Beal system in the near future and was concerned about keeping them clean. Until this I planned to just put a sheet or towel over it between uses.

It looks like you spaced the wheels a bit apart. What is the largest item you can safely buff? Could you do a medium size box?


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#3 posted 09-07-2013 02:47 PM

Thanks Jim, me too.

Steve, the spacing between wheels is about 4 inches and its about 5 inches from the start of one wheel to the start of the next one (measuring when it’s not spinning – the lathe is busy right now). So, the max width is about 5 inches (ish). It can get tricky avoiding the next wheel for larger items; this when you’re likely to lose your grip and have it fly across the room.

While I’m here, I also have the 2 inch bowl buffs, they come up to 5 inches):

These are stored in a plastic cake container with 3/4 inch piece of pine. There are holes sort of equally spaced to keep them separate. I use the Beall mandrel to hold to buff on the lathe; you can also use a drill and put the piece in a vise.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 05:14 PM

Good idea! I’m always trying to figure out what to do with mine when I take it off the lathe.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 11:01 PM

What a great solution, I still put mine back in the original packaging

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 12:54 AM

Great solution to a real problem! Thanks for sharing…..I’m on my way to Wally World to get a tub!
Thank you

-- Mike

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