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These tools were made out of necessity. I forgot my collets for the lathe so I needed to mount my buffing wheels away from the chuck or the head stock so I made this mesquite mandrel to mount the wheels in. I first turned the #2 Morse taper and did the fitting in the tail stock. Then I mounted it in the spindle and bored the 1/4" hole and tapped a hole for a set screw. It works just great . I have since put a screw in the end of the Morse tape to take the hits from the ram rod knocking it out. I would not want the wood split or mashed from knocking it out

The second tool is a wooden sanding ball where I put a piece of sandpaper over the end and hold it on with a rubber O-ring. I needed this for some spoons I'm making. I have to make some more of them with a 1/8" arbor for a Dremel. but I may need the metal lathe for that. This was also made from Mesquite.

Cheers, Jim

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great tools Jim - the spoon tool will save me buying some carving knives - thanks for the idea
 

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What wonderful ideas Jim.
I have to make some of the sanding tools.
Best of my thoughts and Merry Christmas, to you and yours,
Mads
 

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Cool tools Jim!
I like both of them and might borrow the second one.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice going Jim! Thinking outside the box again I see!
 

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Awesome idea Jim! I will need to put this on my after Christmas to do list.
 

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I like the o-ring idea. Makes it much easier to replace the sand paper.
 

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we are on the same page, or great minds work alike, I was doing somewhat similar today, working up a system for the three stages of buffing. My homemade lathe does not have a Morris taper in the headstock. so I took a 1 inch coupling nut, screwed a 6 inch piece of 1 inch redirod into it, then lathed the end down to 5/8 and cut a fine thread on the end. tried it on the lathe with an 8 inch buffing wheel and it worked ok. first one I welded, messy, second one I used red locktight, Need to make one more then will have one for each wheel and grit. Wood one is great for small wheels.
 

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come to think about it, I have a collet set for #2 taper. could use it on my small lathe for holding a buffing wheel.
 

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Varietx of orfers is your speciality too!!
 

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Handy tools to have for a busy guy like you Jim!
 

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I have to hand it to you Jim that mandrel is pretty slick. The sanding ball idea is cool to have. Anything that hjelps with sanding is great.
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope they may have sparked an idea for someone else who needs that sort of thing. I sure miss my Southbend metal lathe but I can still make tools on the wood lathe.

Hi Brian, I made a similar set up for buffing in my Nova lathe. I have a 1 1/4"-8 nut welded to a 8" piece of pipe and there is a 1/2"-13 thread in the end. all my buffing wheels are mounted on a 1/2-13 bolt and I just screw them on and off…....................we sure do think alike!!!!!

May you all have a Merry and Holy Christmas and Happy and better new year than 2020!

Cheers from our shop in Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....Jim
 

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Very resourceful.
 

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Thanks James and Swirt…..................Cheers, Jim
 

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Great idea Jim
 

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Thanks, Tony….........Cheers, Jim
 

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well done Jim….Great Idea!!!!!
Regards…...Cliff
 

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Thanks, Cliff…I have used them a few times already…especially the buffer mandrel….............Happy New Year, Jim
 
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