Dickey Guitars
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Do It Yourself Buffer, well, almost!
This buffer is built with clearance from the support structure and power in mind.

If you have access to a metal lathe and vertical mill you can do it yourself.

Otherwise save the trouble and buy it, no joke.
Here are the details:

  • 1 ½ inch solid shaft, 5 feet 4 inches length
  • 1/1/4 inch threaded arbor, R and L hand thread for ends
  • 12 inch buffs, airway or concentric sewn
  • 1 HP, 115 Volt TEFC motor @ 1725 RPM
  • Pulleys, drive 2 inch, driven 4 inch
  • Final RPM approx. 860
  • Frame 2 inch tubular welded
  • Motor has hinged mounting plate
  • Belt is tensioned by gravity and motor weight
  • Cost about $500
I had a vocational welding class student cut and weld the frame. An friend and machinist cut the shaft on
school equipment in a couple of quick sessions. And I got the nuts, buffs, and flanges from  
www.swmetal.
com .  I enjoyed the process of getting this machine built. You might consider a stock system available
from a supplier. Here is a link to them:  
http://www.parmadiversified.com/buffer.html  You’ll still have to
build the frame and provide the motor and switching. I’ve found Ebay to be a great source of electrical
motors, one third the price sometimes including the shipping.

One last item. My unit is a floor model. A unit suspended from the ceiling would make sense. Folks buffing
guitars seem to fear banging guitar bodies against the upright supports. By suspending the unit, the
supports would be above the lower quadrant used in buffing. That’s my 2 cents on buffing, mine turned
out well, I will install a belt guard, switch, and compound holding tray before considering it complete. I had
originally intended to bolt the unit to the floor, but opted for rubber pads glued to base with 3M Yellow
Weatherstrip adhesive.  Old Soap Box Derby rubber brake pads make good rubber feet.

Bruce Dickey
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