Poor Man's Buffing Wheel

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Introduction: Poor Man's Buffing Wheel

About: Seafarer by profession, When in land I do projects for fun, always curious to learn!

In this Instructable we are going to see how to make your own polishing wheel for dremel or any rotary tool from old jeans.

Step 1: Materials

  • Jeans or any old denim
  • Dremel Sanding mandrel
  • Scissors
  • Compass or Circular template (2" Dia)
  • Marker
  • Awl
  • 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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42 Discussions

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mr_mavryck
mr_mavryck

5 months ago

I use steel rivets large or wide flange with finish washer on top and sometimes for extra firm hold I’ll press the layers together with islets then the rivet and washer. Just be careful and go slow when using rivet gun so u don’t pop n cut rivet off. Works great for me with just about any material or combos of.

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sturific
sturific

2 years ago

Good job

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

thank you! :)

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crazypj
crazypj

2 years ago on Introduction

I didn't think Dremel would have enough torque to polish anything, even with a small buffing wheel but I guess I'm wrong. It would be very handy for plastics as you have to keep very light touch or they will melt/smear. I'm going to scale it up for a full sized buffer (minimum 8" dia) Will probably need a few pairs of jeans though

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KellyCraig
KellyCraig

Reply 2 years ago

I bought several packages of abrasive buff wheels and a package of buff wheels I use with my many commercial compounds and other things, like chromium oxide, baby powder, corn starch, diatomaceous earth, Bon Ami scrub powder and so on.

That aside, I'll have to play with your ible idea to see if I can get this to fly on my two speed AirHandler buffer.

Thanks

P.S. One of my otherwise good wheels no longer worked on the arbor, since the hole had enlarged too much. On a whim, I threw some hot glue around the hole and it's been going strong ever since.

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Hi, wondering how it'd be. Keep us posted once you're done :)

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jagalj
jagalj

2 years ago on Step 5

denim is tearing apart. i think that layers have to be glued together with some kind of neopren or wood glue to prevent cotton fibers falling out from circles...

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Hi, It happens. Whats the speed you are operating at??

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joshua.artist
joshua.artist

Tip 2 years ago

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!

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ripperman2
ripperman2

Tip 2 years ago on Introduction

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.

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ivak245
ivak245

2 years ago

Good idea! I will attack my daughter's jeans and then give them back to her with holes cut out of the legs, she will be super- trendy then ! You can use toothpaste as a water soluble polishing compound if you need to get rid of fine scratches on acrylic,etc, then buff off with another dry buff. Use the toothpaste which you can feel the gritty bits on your teeth (not the gel type).

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Lol, hoping she won't counter-attack ;)

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kennaj
kennaj

2 years ago on Introduction

So simple, practical, useful. Something I probably could have thought of myself, but didn't, so thank you for saving my brain from working more than necessary.

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Ha ha ha :D

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Brabahoule
Brabahoule

Tip 2 years ago

I used a threaded rod, two washers and 2 bolts instead of a mandrel. Works too !

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 Akajira
Akajira

2 years ago on Step 3

At the end od pt.2 the sentence is incomplete. What should it say please?
Thanks

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Could you be more precise?, I couldn't get where you are pointing out, if something is missing I'd definitely update.

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 Akajira
Akajira

Reply 2 years ago

Sorry it was pt3 not 2. :) you say
"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 and" and thats where it ends

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NikilH
NikilH

Reply 2 years ago

Hi thanks for pointing out and voting, I've fixed it. It should be "the mandrel alone" :)

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 Akajira
Akajira

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks