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Forum topic by Meanderawl posted 01-28-2021 01:09 AM 410 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Meanderawl

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01-28-2021 01:09 AM

Getting ready to turn a pen blank molded from epoxy resin. Actually have turned one or two before but it’s been awhile and don’t really remember how I went about it. (at this point i’m just happy I remember where the shop is) Anyway, looking for advise on what tools work best for acrylic. Thinking in the past I’ve uses a spindle gouge but can’t say for sure. This pen is actual cigar leaf wrapped around the tubes with a variety of paper cigar bands added before submersing in the resin. Took a little bit of time for all the set up and really don’t want to mess them up at the turning stage. Suggestions, advise appreciated. Thanks

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Andybb

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#1 posted 01-28-2021 01:12 AM

My preference for acrylics is a round carbide tool (negative rake if you have it) but in the absence of that, a SHARP spindle gouge should work.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 01-29-2021 07:05 PM

I’ve never had much luck with HSS tools turning acrylic. I’m with Andy, I use my carbide tools. However I prefer the square one for acrylic pen blanks personally. Mine isn’t negative rake but I hold it in trail for the final couple passes.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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pottz

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#3 posted 01-29-2021 07:11 PM

yeah carbide for acrylic is what i used too.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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TheDane

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#4 posted 01-29-2021 10:01 PM

I’m just the opposite … these pens were all turned with a sharp spindle roughing gouge:

-- 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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pottz

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#5 posted 01-29-2021 10:03 PM



I m just the opposite … these pens were all turned with a sharp spindle roughing gouge:

- TheDane


cant argue with success gerry,nice pens.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Andybb

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#6 posted 01-30-2021 06:40 AM

Yeah but I’m lazy. 30 seconds on the hone and the carbides are sharp again.

Very nice Jerry!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Meanderawl

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#7 posted 02-01-2021 07:23 PM

Thanks all for the replies and advice. Unfortunately I don’t have any carbide tools or i’d give it a try. Guess i’ll go with the spindle gouge and hope for the best.

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MrUnix

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#8 posted 02-01-2021 07:27 PM

Thanks all for the replies and advice. Unfortunately I don t have any carbide tools or i d give it a try. Guess i ll go with the spindle gouge and hope for the best.
- Meanderawl

I turn and machine quite a bit of epoxy and HDPE plastics and only have standard turning tools – no carbide. I think you will be just fine with what you have. Just be ready for the massive amount of long streamers you will spew all over the place in a very, very short period of time ;)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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TheDane

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#9 posted 02-01-2021 07:33 PM

Guess i ll go with the spindle gouge and hope for the best.

FWIW, I teach a class on pen-turning where I use only a spindle roughing gouge. If your SRG is good and sharp, it can do a lot more than just rough spindles!

-- 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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