|Tips: Avoid Dents when Buffing|
Avoid Dents When Buffing
How many times have you been buffing a turning when the wheel rips it out of your hands and smashes it into the bed of the lathe, leaving a dent in the wood? I have had it happen one too many times and decided to do something about it. I took kitchen-shelving material and taped it onto the leading edge of the lathe bed. (I also tried pipe insulation, which worked fine.) After taping on the kitchen shelving, I buffed a fishing rod handle and, sure enough, the wheel ripped it out of my hands and it banged into the edge of the lathe bed. I picked the piece up off the floor and guess what? No dents or nicks.
~Dale Peterson, Wisconsin