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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.

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

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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.
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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
 

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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.
 

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

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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
 

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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 !
 

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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.
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Nice Idea !!!!
 

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Ok hairy, I have to plead ignorance, why are you buffing the handle? Is it the final stage of finishing? If so, what are you buffing into it?
Thanks
 

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The most BRILLIANT ideas all have one thing in common….they start with me saying "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT!!"

Thanks for posting. ill be using this idea today.

JD
 
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