UnSnaggerizing Disks: dealing with the Snaggle-toothed and the Orange Roughies

This is how I test all disks and make each one smooth as glass. I believe all can be repaired to work smoothly

UnSnaggerizing Disks

Equipment needed, nice but not necessary
--magnifying glass 10x is good
--jewelers file, a tiny long dental type instrument with a fine tiny file on one end that reaches into small crevices
--emery cloth, a cloth that has a fine grit that polishes
--a 3x3 inch square of old hosiery or other close knit fabric that snags easily

For the extremely budget conscious:
--magnifier; some water bottles filled with water magnify whatever you look at through them
-- a 10 cent cardboard emery board from walgreens will do as a file (this is a fingernail file)
-- your sensitive fingertips can be used to 'see' what the magnifier wont
--a small piece of banlon, pantyhose, or other delicate closely woven material, passed over disks will also locate 'snags.'

---So. Look at disk up close and you will often see the 'sprue' marks left on the edges and sometimes the center of the disk from the moldmaking process.
----Some are like little teeth, jaggedy.
----Some are just rounded bumps, also teenie tiny.

Either however, will 'snag' the notch in the paper, not allowing easy roll back and forth.

--Depending on each snag, if just rough, peer through your magnifier to see exactly where,
--and use your snaggable fabric to find the exact spot,
-- then use emery cloth or cardboard emery board to file... back and forth or in circles.

--Use a fingertip to see when it is completely smooth.
--That disk is then completed and should function smoothly with the paper.
-- Double check by rubbing the disk with easily snaggable fabric; if it catches, file right there. If it doesnt catch, you're done with that disk

--If the snag is toothlike (sticking up), file across back and forth if possible and take down to level.
--You can break the cardboard emery into pieces to get more torque and a better grip
-- THEN, use emery to smooth the roughness the file has left behind. Use snaggable cloth to double check your work.

I find that even the merest snaggletooth can clip the paper so it does not roll smoothly, so check ALL disks with the snaggable cloth, if you want to 'face the truth.' lol

For those who have elm, ash, willow and money trees growing outside their homes, you can also use a Dreml drill with a rounded sanding button to VERY lightly, VERY VERY lightly, sand down the rough edges and interior of a disk.

DO NOT use a burr grinder. DO NOT use anthing with more horsepower than an electric toothbrush. In fact, if you have an old electric toothbrush, you might think of wrapping the emery cloth around its end and letting it do the tiny macarena on the disk.

Remember, not just the edges of the disk can catch paper, but also 'the navel' in the middle.

I hope this helps someone


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