NBD - New Buffer Day

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  1. chillman

    chillman Tele-Afflicted

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    After ten years of polishing guitars with foam pads on a drill or an orbital sander, I finally upgraded to the real deal. Just put it together today.

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    An initial rake of the new buffing wheels is what produced that snowfall you see on the floor. No other way to get that in Florida in August.

    As a test for my first time buffing on this thing, I used a tele body that I thought I was gonna have to refinish because of deep scratches I accidentally made in the clear coat, and to sand them out would have removed too much clear. Well the buffer made short work of it and now not only do I not need to refinish it, it's probably the shiniest finish I've ever produced. And I haven't even wiped the compound off yet.

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    I have a few other projects ready or nearly ready to buff. I'll be sure to post my progress.
     
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  2. Larkins

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    If you haven’t already attached the plywood base to a wall stud, I would definitely recommend doing so. I used the same stewmac set up for a couple years before I finally did it and it made the buffer run as smooth as a Cadillac
     
  3. chillman

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    It's bolted to the floor so it's not going anywhere. We'll see if it stays that way. I saw that Dan Erlewine has his lag bolted to studs too. I have more floor space than wall space.
     
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    Excellent setup :)!!!

    When I built my 14" buffer it really made a nice difference in the quality of my buffed finishes.

    Mine is more or less patterned on the StewMac design; very similar to yours.


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  5. chillman

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    It's a good design. I priced out every piece of building my own and compared it to StewMac on a spreadsheet, then they had a sale that tipped the decision scales in their favor. Someone should tell them that if you add all the buffer components to your cart separately, it's $200 less than buying their kit which consists of the exact same stuff...
     
  6. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great job! They know doubt make a difference over hand or orbital!

    I found I was able to build mine for about $300 total. The most expensive item were the bluffs and especially the mounting flanges from stew!

    As far as stew pricing the kit higher than the seperate parts, I noticed that a couple years ago as well. I am sure they know, and count on people not realizing it. While the SM name and quailty generally go together, 20180225_165711.jpg the name and the word "deal" seldom does.
     
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    Eric's (@eallen ) buffer build was the spark that ignited my buffer build.

    Same basic design and great buffing performance, but I built mine to fold back out of the way to conserve space -



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  8. mexicanyella

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    I read the title as “new butler day” at first, and said, out loud, “reeeally?”
     
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