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  1. Nutball

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    How can I buy more than just one at a time without spending like $8ea? Know of any sources? Or know of any of better quality or finer grit? They are the best and finest of grit I know.
     
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    drf256 Dr. Richard Cranium (“RC” to Muh pals)

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    No idea what u are referring to.

    Looks up Craytex. Might be your ticket.
     
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    The Dremel 425 emery disks are a much finer grit and harder rubber than anything CC has.
     
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    drf256 Dr. Richard Cranium (“RC” to Muh pals)

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    Not to sound smart...or stupid or whatever, but I assume you mean with sand paper in the split mandrel? I've been meaning to make me one of those.

    Great link, lots of stuff to choose from. I like using the extry fine disks for chamfering ports or polishing after chamfering.
     
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    Dunno how y'all feel about buying direct from China, but Richontools has some pretty good prices on carbide burrs and other abrasive consumables.

    When given the choice between buying Chinese cheap goods direct, vs. buying them marked up a whole lot from a local (or at least, in Country!) store, I'll save the bucks.

    Ebay is worth a look too. Couple or three different vendors on there clearing out auction random lots, some pretty decent stuff rolls through.
     
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    mdavlee Hillbilly grinder

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    I bought a bunch of 1/4” rolls off eBay once and they fit the CC mandrel. The 80 grit would do an exhaust port in one roll before switching to a fiber grit for a more polished look
     
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    drf256 Dr. Richard Cranium (“RC” to Muh pals)

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    Can buy on eBay pre-made. Not worth the trouble of trying to slot a .125 piece of metal.

    And yes, sand paper. I find the new style 3M paper with the clear plastic backing works very well. So well that I rarely go to the Cratex.
     
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    You can buy Cratex shapes like cones and bullets and use an old grinding wheel to shape them if you want .Cratex won't load up like sand paper and comes in different abrasive grades depending on what you want to do .
    At one time I used felt fobs and compound as I thought a smoother finish was in order which it's really not .Fact if you read MacDizzy and others some times it's counter productive .
    I've got the catalogs McMaster -Carr had,old ones .However in going to their web site had a hard time finding the section covering Cratex and when I did noticed the price has increased .It's been at least 10 years since I bought any .The question is exactly where did I put them ?
     
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    The cat’s meow...

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    What to use and how to use is only what fits the user .What tooling I might prefer as opposed to others might vary widely .Which is not saying which one is better or worse .
    I used to use three Dremel type power heads each with a different cutter however at this moment I can only find one .I'll locate the other two should I get the notion to do any cylinder modifications which I haven't done in some time .With me more times than not it's not if I have it it's where in the world is it at .
     
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    Wow. That's what, $300 in kits on the stove top?
    My budget is closer to finding a 30 year old pack of ink pen erasers in a desk drawer and trying to twist the threaded mandrel (from harbor freight) into them.
     
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    I'm liking the stuff from Rio, but their fine and extra fine are finer than expected (800 & 900 grit I think) a good thing, but they will be saved for the last stages of polishing, which I did need. I hope medium will turn out finer than I thought, so it can be my go to.

    The cheap polishing kits on eBay aren't bad with the red & green compounds, and medium grit rubber wheels, and cotton buffs. The mandrels are really soft though.
     
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    You don't have to spend 300 bucks to get a good selection of rubberized abrasives .That is providing you aren't trying to fill a 5 gallon bucket full .Mac Master-Carr for example are sold 10 to a package at around 65-80 cents a pop with the arbors around 5 bucks a pop .25-30 bucks worth would do a lot of work . Now then already mounted on arbors are much higher per piece as would be expected .By the way if you go that route I'd suggest buying extra arbors because you can bend them . There might be less expensive sources in addition which I haven't researched .
     
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    huskihl Sausage Fingers Forever

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    3m 80 grit utility cloth $45
    3-1/4" Paslode gun nail with a slot $.05

    Good for a couple hundred saws
     
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    Yeah the nail "mod" had crossed my mind.
    But with a goofy twist that occurred to me.
    Was thinking if I caught the next house going up in the 'hood, I might grab that dropped coil of nails and grab the caulking tubes outta the bin.
    Next I'd mash the dregs of caulk out and mix it with this red brick clay here and then make a lump on the nail.

    all silliness aside for a moment, I do wonder if a fellow could blend some abrasive grit/blasting medium with something and make some homemade points?
    I imagine the tub caulk would grenade at high speed and wear very fast even if you kept the speed down.

    Anyone feeling inspired?

    Craft store for the grit and what rubber/bonding goop to build it with?
    Maybe a simple mold made by drilling a series of 1/8 holes through some MDF or a plastic block.
    Next drill a larger pocket in the same holes. Now you have the mold.
    Maybe a use wax coating to be a release agent for the mold?
    Got to have something so that they don't stick.
    Now we put the 1/8 shanks into the holes of the mold and then mix up and press the grit putty into that top pocket of the mold.
    After couple days to cure, pop them out and go easy on it until it wears a bit close to true.
     
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