TOOLS Make a Dremel-like Abrasive Buff

Nice accessory - these little abrasive buffs


Dremel's abrasive buff

My abrasive buff

Most Dremel accessories are generally useful, albeit overpriced. Because of the sizes of the pieces I work on, the little abrasive buffs are near perfection for sanding metal surfaces, especially uneven and curved surfaces. Unfortunately, while they work very well, each buff's lifespan is very short.

For a while, I stopped buying them, in protest of their short little lives. I'd paid Dremel enough money. I was determined to find an adequate substitute. Surely in the tool world, there would be similar mini rotary buffs that didn't cost as much, and would last as long or longer.

Wrong. Grrrr

Back to buying Dremel buffs. Grrrr. Then sometime last year I noticed they were not as abundant. I realized, retail stores were not renewing their supply of packaged buffs. Sometimes, one buff would be included in an expensive multi-accessory kit. But all I wanted were those stupid buffs! GRRRR

Without a substitute in sight, it was clearly time to make my own abrasive buffs. Now I wish Dremel had pulled the rug out from under a long time ago. It would have saved me a healthy set of coin.

Here's what I did.

Desiree's DIY Abrasive Buff

What I used:

  • 3M Stripping pads
  • #6-32 x 1-1/4" machine screw (1) with matching nuts (5)
  • sheers
  • Dremel with cutting wheel
  • awl

1)  Cut off the head of one machine screw, using the Dremel cutting wheel.

2)  Cut a 1.25" X 1.25 square piece from the stripping pad. Trim it until it's relatively round. Use an awl to make a hole in the center of the stripping pad round.

Screw 4 nuts onto the beheaded screw.

3) Mount the round on to the screw, then put on the last nut, to sandwich the round.    

4) Insert the unit into the Dremel. You've made your own abrasive buff. It's that simple. You should be able to use any type of pad, for variation in grit (course, medium, fine).

I don't know how durable these DIY buffs are, but they're so inexpensive, compared to Dremel's, it doesn't seem to matter.


Last update to this page: 17 Feb 2014. Send comments, questions or suggestions to Desiree McCrorey.