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Old 03-06-2018, 10:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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If when you turn you hear what sounds like ripping and getting covered in tiny chips or flakes instead of long ribbons of plastic you are too aggressive, using dull tools, presenting the tool wrong and stuff that isn't coming to mind. When you get it right the barrel will be smooth requiring very little sanding and the shavings will be like fine ribbons or hair. Practice with inexpensive blanks turning, them to nothing, that you don't care to make a pen from.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Only living across Indy from WoodTurningz I started out on Inlace Acrylester. Glad I had a face shield on. First few I thought ripping the corners off in a rain of shrapnel was the way it was supposed to work. Then watched some of Captain Eddie’s videos on sharpening, read some things on here about turning IA and now love it, normally turning the entire thing from square to finished with a sharp Skew. Though I can now use carbide to finish (just because the guys at WoodTurningz said not to try using carbide on it). Beautiful shine.

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Old 03-07-2018, 05:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Some great advice has already been given, but nobody has mentioned that sometimes acrylics are just crappy to begin with.
Either they had too much catalyst added when they were poured, or they set up too fast, or it was too cold to set properly or, or, or.

I turned some AA blanks & they just delaminated all by themselves.
One was sitting on my desk when it went *POP* and split away like peeling an onion. I had turned it a few days before, so it had been sitting for a few days when it did it.

I still have no idea why it did it, it just did it all by its self.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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See Not all plastics are "acrylic"
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by TonyL View Post
You'll get past that. I think it's a matter of touch. Use sharp quality tools. Slow and light pressure as you get to the end stage to turning the blank.
What he said ^
Ed of Exotics has an excellent video on turning acrylics on YouTube
What they tools, light cuts and don't rush.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Had the same problem- keep the tool sharp and take light cuts.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:00 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Have turned both of these blanks (7/8 from PSI) and the 3/4" from Exotics. Never saw air bubbles in either one. They did not seem brittle at all. I agree with others the problem may be need for sharp tools and small cuts.
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