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Beall Wood Buffer System storage

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After my initial forays with a two-wheel buffer system, I read a lot of good reviews of the Beall three-wheel system. It’s quite a bit bigger, so it needed a storage box of its own. I used pine leftovers from the bookcases, again.

The spindle slides through a hole in the upright divider. That’s a 5/8 hole, opened up a bit with a tapered reamer so the Morse taper end fits better. The other end of the spindle fits in a notch sawed in the side of the box. A few smaller compartments for the buffing compound and wax, plus hinge, latches and handles, and it’s mostly done.

Finish is a couple coats of Real Milk Paint Half & Half (tung oil and citrus oil). 

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Ah Dave you jerk! Now I’m feeling self conscious about leaving mine in the cardboard box. I’m gonna have to build a box for them too! 😩 Nicely done. I like how you built in for the spindle. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Yep, Ryan. As my profile on Twitter and mastodon says, “kind of a dick that way.” Lots of shop storage projects going at the moment. 
Good use of leftover wood. Great job !!!   Mike

Good job Dave, I still store mine in the box.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Great solution Dave. I need to get one of those buffing systems.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks, Mel!

Yeah, I could take it apart and do that, Oldrivers, but I like just being able to pull it out of the box and have it ready to go. Thanks!

Thanks, Eric! It’s pretty handy for thinks like the knife I made. And I bought some pen kits and such, and figure I’ll be using it with them.
man thats something i need to do.mine is just lying in a drawer,which is not good because it distorts the shape of the buffing wheels. so,another project !!!!!

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I agree Pottz. Software like wheels probably do best, and deserve, to be maintained flat. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Always another project, Pottz! Thanks!

I’m wondering about that, Ryan. I might have to rotate it every now and again.
I’m wondering about that, Ryan. I might have to rotate it every now and again.

I feel like, if you’re using it, it’ll get all the rotation it needs! 😜

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Really nicely designed & built box, great looking dovetails - very tight. 
I'm like RyanGi, been using all the cardboard shipping boxes received since covid hit. Guess I could take a lesson from you here.
Ryan, that’s true. I just worry that I’ll go too long between projects at some point.

Thanks, Tom! As the boards I had were too small for the entire height, I had to build the top and bottom separately, too. And I even got them both square! But that’s why the different spacing for the dovetails top and bottom.

I find that if I build a dedicated wood box for something, I end up taking a lot better care of it, so I think it’s worth the effort. Got a few more in the pipeline too. The nice bit is that I can knock out a box like this in three or four days, but the total working time is three to four hours, so I’m working on other projects in parallel. Which means I need to get other things out of my way, so I keep discovering more things that need storage boxes.
Very nicely done Dave.....it is a great system and you did it proud...I love mine!

Mike

That is a great idea! I threw together a stand, but it is open and gets dusty. I like your idea of making the box to take better care. I got a box that my grandfather built for his hand planes. I think it does make you care for them better.
Nice work on that storage solution. I have my 3 wheels in the original cardboard box.
I love organizational projects!!!!!!!!! Cheers, Jim