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I built a new sled at 55 degrees and tried it with a thinner blade.
I like the higher angle and thinner blade more than the 45 and standard kerf blade.

This is a Gold Artisan Cigar dressed in figured Sapelle with a hard maple 4-ring knot.
The pen is finished with CA, MM, and buffed out with plastic polish.

Comments and criticisms welcome.
Gary

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It's the best one yet!
 

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Garry, these just keep on getting better and better.
 

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Really great, Gary! Don is right, they just keep getting better. I have to agree with you. The steeper angle and thinner kerf is a winner. Thanks for posting this. I really have to take a rip at making one of these. They really are cool.
 

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I think this is my favourite so far! Excellent.
 

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Gary,
I agree, the best yet. Something being perfected right before our eyes. What glue do you use on the inserts?
Tom
 

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How did he do that? I love it.
 

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WOW!!! Dude, like Grant says above…."HOW DID HE DO THAT?" Gary, do you have step by step pics available somewhere?

My son is quite a little pen turner at 10 years old. I showed him this thread earlier in the morning and he suggested I glue up some blanks for him before Christmas…you know how busy a 10 year old gets at around Christmas!!!

At any rate, GREAT JOB!

Timmy C
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Gary: Those blanks are great. I also like to steeper angle.

Great job.
 

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Thanks y'all. I've actually got one more saw blade that's thinner and doesn't seem to have any discernable set.
I'm anxious to try it. We'll see how it turns out.
Grant and Timmy:
I posted a pictorial of How I do it here
Take a look, it's really pretty simple once you make a miter sled.
Enjoy,
Gary
 

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ok, I'm hooked. How is this done? I can see application to my walking cane work.
 

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Mark, I'd love to see you do that!

Gary, love the pens. Never thought of thinner blades when you increase your angle. Good thinking outside the box… errr pen.
 

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gary, i need your advice. i have made 5 segmented pens today. the problem is with the gluing of the segments. at different stages, they come apart. some at the "seperator" area (aluminium on each side of the wood insert), some at the start, some while i am polishing, but all 5 fell apart. dang!
at first, i tried using just ac glue. then, i tried 5 minute epoxy. then ac and accelerator. were it not for the "blowing up" of these pens, they would have been right purrty. what am i doing wrong?
 

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Lumberjacques,

Without seeing your blanks, and only reading your descriptions, it's more than difficult to provide good advise.
It could be you don't have a good glue joint but after reviewing some of your projects, I'd find that hard to believe.
It could be the glue hasn't set properly.
It could be you're being too aggressive but again, hard to believe given some of the other work you've posted.
It could be you're overheating when polishing, thereby causing the glue to release.
Falling apart between wood and aluminium suggests perhaps you didn't sand the lacquer coating off the AL.
The glue may not have been able to adhere from said coating to wood.
Try changing one thing at a time to see what works-a controlled test is the best way to isolate the cause.

Good luck.
Gary
 

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Super nice
 
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