January 24, 2004
Buffing Stand Construction
One of the perks of working for Mustang Dynamometer is that we go through A LOT of steel and the scrap bin is a veritable treasure chest of very usable metal for a guy like me. I grabbed some 4" square tubing, a chunk of 1/8" thick plate steel and a leftover piece of diamond-plate. I had the guys in the machine shop cut them to size for me and brought the stuff home.
The first thing I did was clean all the welding surfaces very thoroughly and weld the top plate where the buffer will sit to the upright stand. That way I wouldn't have to try to weld upside down if I welded the base first.
Then I just flipped it over and welded the whole thing to the base.
But that wasn't all I did. I wanted a small tray to hold buffing compounds, bolts or washers for the buffing wheels. I purchased some practice 16-gauge sheetmetal at Home Depot, which is the same metal I plan on using to repair the Buick's floors. The next page will show you how I did it.
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