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 |
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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