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In this video, I demonstrate an introduction to the Foredom Bench Lathe, specifically oriented to use for polishing and restoring straight razors using Diamond bars. The unit lets you use up to 4" diameter buffing wheels, either using the buffer mandrel with a 1/4" shaft diameter or the tapered spindles. I demonstrate how to put a wheel on the tapered spindle easily. Then I demonstrate using the small felt buffs applying the holder and then loading the buff with a 4 micron diamond bar - 4000 grit equivalent. Diamond bars are available from 200 microns down to 0.1 microns. I use it on a Filharmonica straight razor to show how easily the burr is controlled. All in all the unit's ability to go from 500 rpm to 7000 rpm allows you do go from a slow speed to attach a wheel to a tapered spindle up to using small burrs at 7000 rpm. The unit has more than adequate power over the entire rpm range. Using the 4 micron grit you can see that it quickly blackens removing corrosion rapidly. The range of diamond bars will alllow you to go from coarse refinishing operations down to producing mirror finishes.
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