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Old 05-31-2010, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Lazerlinez New Stabilized Blanks

Constant sent a couple of blanks from his new eco-friendly stabilizing process. I'll leave it to him to give the story behind the stabilizing.

First, the blanks are large enough to make any pen. The exterior coloring is very nice and consistent. There is no noticeable odor with these blanks.

Cutting and drilling went smoothly, although the blanks seem to be a bit denser than average...a good thing in stabilizing. Again, there is no noticeable odor.

Turning went smoothly and, for me, relatively effortlessly. The density may have cause me to touch up my skew one extra time.

Sanding is interesting. It produces a lot of very fine, powdery dust...almost like drywall dust. Fortunately, my DC and air filter seemed to handle it with ease.

The picture below shows two halves of the same blank, one which was simply sanded to 600 grit and the other which was given a light buffing. You can see from the shine lines that the process clearly penetrates the wood thoroughly and that the dye is evenly disbursed.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed working with these blanks and they produce some beautiful results.

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Old 06-01-2010, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to agree that these blanks turned well. I used a Buckeye Burl and only had time to turn half of it today but it went great. The blanks seem very solid all the way through and turned into a powder for me as well.
There was no noticable odor while turning this blank which made it a bit more pleasant too. I sanded mine to 600 and then hit it with the buffer quickly and it took a great shine without any other finish applied. The pen is a full sized Gent. I'm looking forward to turning more of these.

Edit: I turned this with a carbide tipped tool so no sharpening was done during the turning but it was ready for sanding right from the carbide tool.
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Nice. Thanks for the review.
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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I shall give some more details on this product after the all reviews have been posted.
For those who are testing if you have a black light you should be able to see the distribution and penetration of the resin.
The greatest for me is that I do not need any safety gear like respirators, super ventilation systems...., it does not smell much and the resin contains no VOC's.
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I'm looking forward to more information on this product, I'm assuming you will start using this if most of the reviews are favorable.
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I am switching over already. I love it and it is great to work with.
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my blanks arrived in the mail today. I am looking forward to turning them.
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I got my blanks today. I have drilled one and there is no odor like the other stuff. I am very impressed so far.
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Are you only going to sell blanks or are you going to be able to recieve, treat and return blanks?
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