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Old 08-08-2017, 09:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
McKenzie Penworks
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Waxhaw, NC
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Originally Posted by Woodchipper View Post
Very nice. Can't see anything wrong with it. How much trouble was it to turn the aluminum? did you turn it along with the wood?
Keep in mind, I have no idea what I'm doing and this was the 1st pen I've put together with aluminum segments. So there may be better ways of doing it. However, I just used my carbide tools on the lathe and turned it just like I would any wood pen. Took small cuts and had to be VERY careful transitioning from the aluminum to the very very soft mango. This mango isn't stabilized so it is extremely soft which is very different than turning the hardened aluminum. I think I may try to find a softer alloy going forward because it certainly wasn't fun to turn.
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