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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 08:52 PM

Timely post….

I just turned a pen with Cocobolo for the first time this week… the blank gave me a really beautiful pen… one of my best.

I turn on an adapted bench top metal working lathe with power feed… so I can hold a shop vac with a HEPA filter right over the cutter and catch 95% of the chips right off the tool. But when I drilled the blank I immediately thought “that’s a different smell” ... not obnoxious… but very pungent and immediately recognizable.

The finish I get right off the lathe is very good, so I can go straight to 600 grit, or even straight to the micro-mesh some times. But I wasn’t using the shop vac while sanding.

Hope I don’t get sensitized to it, because I’d like to get some more blanks and turn with it again.

Thanks for posting your experiences, I’ll ware a dust mask next time and be careful about skin contact.

Please LMK if you want to offload the blanks.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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