Introduction: Poor Man's Buffing Wheel
In this Instructable we are going to see how to make your own polishing wheel for dremel or any rotary tool from old jeans.
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Step 1: Materials
- Jeans or any old denim
- Dremel Sanding mandrel
- Compass or Circular template (2" Dia)
- Precision Screwdriver
Step 2: Buff Wheels
I start with marking circles using the template & marker. We'll be needing around 10 denim disks.
Using scissors I cut the denim disks. Using the Awl pierce holes through the center of the denim disks.
Once done through the disks, keep it aside.
Step 3: Dismantling the Mandrel
Using the screwdriver removed the screw on top of the mandrel, this will remove the drum and the bottom washer. We'll be using the mandrel alone.
Step 4: Assembling the Polish Wheel
Take the mandrel, put down the lower washer and start inserting the denim disks one after the other. I made a washer out of a thick cardboard, this is just an additional support to hold the denim disks tight. Put the cardboard washer on the top then place the actual top washer and screw down.
Step 5: What Else? Start Polishing
Attach your new polishing wheel to your rotary tool and start polishing.
I suggest to use this wheel at very medium speed.
I use this for polishing a variety of materials including Glass, Metal and Resin.
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This is a great DIY hack!! I think I'll try undied leather scraps, (to avoid any bleeding or staining), especially for blades. Should last longer and has a finer grain for buffing and sharpening. Great job!
Great! The numbers of layers of denim, enough for the mandrel? A tip from a friend and old wood carver: use dishwashing soap as the final buffing solution for carving tools. The tools are already sharp, this is the final thing to get them razor sharp and your wheel would fit my tool kit really well. I would only use this on metal.
I used a threaded rod, two washers and 2 bolts instead of a mandrel. Works too !