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Old 08-11-2017, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Keeping double barrel blanks aligned after turning

I'm sure someone has a good trick to keep blanks marked as to polarity/grain after turning. Of course I mark them during drilling/cutting, but it's often a challenge to keep them straight after turning and finishing. Scratching inside of larger tubes works, but 7mm tubes are really tough to see. Any tips or tricks?

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Trying using a black permanent marker inside the ends of the tubes you want to keep aligned.
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Trying using a black permanent marker inside the ends of the tubes you want to keep aligned.
I do the same
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I use a silver marker to do the same since that is what I had on hand.
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Trying using a black permanent marker inside the ends of the tubes you want to keep aligned.
Same here. Sometimes I'll even mark the clip end on a single barrel blank.
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Well, yes, I have also done that. Sometimes it wears off. I like the scratch as it shows both the polarity and where the grain lines up. It should be easy to tell, but sometimes it's not and you stand there stupidly rotating the blanks trying to make up your mind. Thanks for the suggestions, though. :-)
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I have a board with nails to slip my blanks on when done. I take the right hand blank of with hand right hand and the middle/center is naturally up as I rotate the hand to place on the rack. Repeat for the left blank in the left hand and the center/middle is up. I also mark inside the tube.
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These are all good answers, but remember if you are MAKING the pen and are not sure where the grain lines up, it is unlikely anyone ELSE will be able to see it, if you make a mistake!! It has to be pretty subtle!!
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