Buffing

Many turners use buffing systems to put a fine finishing touch on their turnings.

 

The Penturner's Corner: Buffing your Pens for a Better Finish Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Don Ward
By: Don Ward
I really like the high gloss, shiny wet looking finish on the pens I make. No, not everyone likes that look. Some like a more satin natural look and even like pens with no finish at all. Others want the pen to darken and develop a patina as the pen is used and handled. For those pen makers, friction polish is the finish to use. I’ve been told, “I have a pen finished with friction polish and it looks as nice today as it did when I made it 4 yrs ago.” That has not been my experience with friction polish. Friction polish, in my opinion, is a good finish for items that are not handled and used daily. I used friction polish on my first pens and quickly decided the finish was not what I wanted for my pens.

 

Converting your Beall 3-in-One Buffing system to run on the lathe
By: Keith Zimmerman
Keith got frustrated with his Beall 3-in-One system so he disassembled it and rebuilt it to work on this lathe as single buffing wheels. He shows how simple it is to do.

 

Using the Beall Buffing System
By: Eugen Schlaak
In this article, Eugen explains how to buff your finished turned bowls to the best finish that they can get. This process is a must for every turner no matter what your skill level is. Buffing your turnings will give them that professional finish that we all strive for.

 

Make your own Buffing Mandrel
By: Doug Ketchum
You can buy a buffing mandrel but you could also make your own. In this article, Doug shows us how he made his own in 45 minutes. This looks to be a great investment of your time.

 

Make your own Beall Buffing 3 on 1 Shaft System
By: Ray Lanham
In this article, Ray shows us how to build a shaft to hold all 3 of the Beall Buffing wheels on it. This makes buffing your turnings much more easy and maybe even fun.

 

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