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Old 07-03-2016, 06:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Herringbone Aluminium Art Deco Style

I think this is the hardest pen I have made so far.

I had two total failures before I finally got it to work. The metal gets hot very quickly and the glue does not hold when it is hot. I ended up using electronics freeze spray to keep my drills cold while drilling it out. I also had to limit my depth of cut to 0.25mm when turning down to size, so it took quite a long time to get it turned. Even then I had to re-glue a couple of times.

I was going for an Art Deco style pen so it is made from aluminium and the closest thing I could get to bakelite which is a kind of phenolic resin board. I really love the combination and I have used it on several projects now.

In the last two photos I used the failures as props.

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Old 07-03-2016, 06:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Absolutely amazing! Way to raise the bar!
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That looks great!
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's a really nice looking pen....
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome pen.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Beautiful pen! The failures are just part of the process people do not see when they look at our pens.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Excellent Pen, John.
I can Appreciate the Heat being generated with that thickness of the Aluminium, that you had to Drill through, and then Turn, let alone the Shear Forces of the Drill and Turning, acting on the Aluminium against the adhesion of your Glue.
Superb Craftsmanship, Magnificent Blank,
Outstanding Fit and Finish,
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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