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Posted on Segmented pen blanks exploding frequently

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 04:30 PM

There is an oft-unspoken rule in segmenting … keep the grain running the same direction. Cross-grain glue-ups are a recipe for disaster, and turning against the grain will result in all kinds of tear-out.

I am not a fan of carbide tools … most of them are scrapers and tear the wood. Properly sharpened HSS tools slice the grain, leaving a cleaner finish.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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