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If you enjoy woodworking, you know how important finishing your project is. If you are a wood turner in particular, you probably have seen the buffing systems on the market. If you have seen them, you also have probably seen how expensive they are. Because of this, I decided to make my own wheels, which work just as well as the expensive systems out there, mine only cost me around 12 dollars, but I already had almost all of the parts. If you don't, you can still make this for substantially cheaper than buying a new system.

I am entering this into the wood working challenge so please vote for it!
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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There are actually very few materials required to make these wheels. Your biggest invest will just be time, and at that, you can easily make three wheels in  just a few hours.

Materials
-Flannel (You want 100% cotton flannel. This is a very cheap fabric, I got mine for $1 a yard, and just ended up buying the rest of the bolt for $12.33. I ended up with a lot left over so I would estimate you could easily make three wheels with 8-10 yards.)
-9x9 scrap of plywood (The measurement of the wood merely dictates the diameter of your wheel. If you want a larger wheel, use a larger square, smaller, use a smaller one. )
-2 Nails
-3 Medium-Large Screws (Machine screws, not drywall)
-6 Washers, 2 small, 2 large
-Wasteblock

Tools
-Fabric Scissors (You will notice that mine are not fabric scissors, and I deeply regret it. If you have them use them, but regular scissors will work.) 
-Shopvac
-Electric Drill

manishrkp1 year ago
Can this be used with angle grinder i.e. what are the max r.p.m. this wheel can stand?
i like this idea... instead of cutting the circle of fabric, why not just rotate each square a little bit rotating all the pieces evenly... and I also agree, you should run a spiral stitch around the entire square a few layers thick unless you can go through a half inch of fabric with your sewing machine... But you could create the same effect by doing a few layers at a time and then combining them together to form the wheel...

Nice job, great idea!
waldosan1 year ago
this seems like something easy to do, do you think i could use denim all-thread and my drill press to make a buffer for metal pieces or would that be more like a polishing wheel?
gomibakou1 year ago
i think sewing the discs could help to have a more solid surface, like commercial ones. At least all i saw are sewed xD
ripit2 years ago
just a thought here, you could prob save time by sandwiching the cloth between 2 pieces of ply and cutting out the circle with a bandsaw all at once.
rimar20002 years ago
Very interesting, I will make one as this. You can cut all fabric at one using a jigsaw with a sharp edge (cutter) instead of teeths. Any hardware store have them.

Maybe another method is to press the pack of fabric between two pieces of wood, but I never did it with fabric. I did it with papers, is very effective.