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    Da pad “hole” diameter?

    So,I have this idea of a small piece of dowel to insert into the backing plate of my Bigfoot 15. Slide the pad down, and viola easy quick centering. Just gotta get the diameter. Or look silly with a pad in HD

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    Do you have a ruler?
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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    They do make "instruments" for accurately measuring such hole diameters; they are called digital calipers (or veneer calipers if you like the analog type). You can find them at Harbor Freight for about $20.00. Not super accurate, but for this application it`s "close enough".

    By the way, the "centering dowel" is a great idea for concentrically locating a foam pad. You may already have a "dowel" in your tool box if you have some deep sockets or even regular sockets if you do not need one that is so long, depending on the thickness of the pad you are trying to center. Just find one that is the same diameter as the hole in the backing plate. Plus, if they need to fit over a screw or bolt head on the backing plate, they are already "hollowed out" from the hex inside shape to fit over the screw and act as a clearance recess.

    Your centering dowel idea has been used by mechanics and assembly personnel before when trying to line up larger parts or parts the require accurate location by using long set screws with a hex socket drive (think Allen wrench) to screw into the mating part, and then slide the other part being assembled part over them, attach a few screws or bolts, and then remove the set screw(s) and finish screwing in the remaining bolts/screws where the set screw(s) were. Works like a charm.

    For more accurate locations, there where holes drilled/reamed into parts for locating pins. Locating pins or dowels had two diameters: one larger end for going into the stationary part, and one slightly smaller end (0.003 to 0.010 inch, depending on the accuracy needed for location) for the mating part to be removed so it could slide or fit over it. Once the two parts were accurately located, the assembly personnel would use the removable part with the hole as a "template" or guide to drill a new hole in the stationary mating part, ream BOTH holes for the locating pin with a larger diameter end (The ream was slightly smaller in diameter than the large end, usually 0.0005 to 0.0015 inch), and then drive in a locating pin with a punch as a press fit so it would stay in. This way when the parts are disassembled in the future for maintenance or repair work, they could always be accurately re-assembled in their original positions to each other without fussing. A lot of extra assembly time was required for this, but it made life MUCH easier for factory maintenance or repair mechanics in the field working on such production machinery. More-than-you-really-wanted-to-know (MTYRWTK).
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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    First start by buying some pads with the center hole in them. Mark the backing plate with a sharpie. Cut with a knife or holesaw, remove foam. Done.

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    Such a tool exists. You can`t find it here, but the sister site has one in their store.

    Lake Country makes it under Item ID: LC-42-401M

    I`ve been meaning to make my own for some time, as it would be easy enough to do with a 3D Printer. Get it to whatever size one needs. Heck, several, at different sizes, even.

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    It`s not that hard to center just by eyeballing. It`s not crucial that the pad is 100% centered. I would also be concerned the dowel could scratch the paint when doing heavy correction

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    The dowel would be just to center it. Removed once pad is attached

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    The dowel would be just to center it. Removed once pad is attached

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    Oh, lol.

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    Re: Da pad “hole” diameter?

    Well, did some quick measurements. Not surprised that different sizes exist between different brands. And then the hole of the polisher may be different size as well.

    One work around, is a stepped dowel. Sized on one end for the polisher, and a different size for the pads. Still easy enough to make, but will be best if the user stuck with one pad line

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