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Posted on Segmented pen blanks exploding frequently

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 03:32 PM

I have had this happen with mixed resin/wood blanks if I let the tool handle get too low. I ended up switching to a radius square cutter with a negative rake. Bit slower, but pretty forgiving.

Also in the pic, that segment that is glued in appears to have the grain running perpendicular to the rest of the pen blank. You are cutting across end grain there like you would be with a bowl. Sharp tools and solid anchor to the tool rest is going to be very important.

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