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Old 01-23-2019, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default What Do You Do When You Find a Void?

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So, last night I started with an absolutely stunning piece of Amboyna Burl. As I started working it down on the lathe I found that the centre has hollows that looked like they were created by insects.

That left me with 2 choices, proceed and finish the pen or scrap it for a new piece of wood. Given that Amboyna Burl isn’t cheap, I decided to forge ahead and finish the pen.

I have to say that I’m glad I did. The pen turned out beautifully and I think the flaws add some character.

What do you do when you encounter large voids or other flaws in wooden pens?

Here are a few pics of the finished pen:

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Depending on the type of wood I pack the small void with used fine coffee grounds and apply thin CA. Sometimes if they are really small I just use CA.

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Wow...that Blank is Stunning. Very well done.

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PS...i use charcoal and CA for small inclusions and tinted epoxy for larger ones.
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Depending on the type of wood I pack the small void with used fine coffee grounds and apply thin CA. Sometimes if they are really small I just use CA.

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Interesting. The pen, IMHO, looks great. We all know that all wood isn't perfect. How we deal with anything we find, take advantage of the unusual and work around it is up to us.
I use the K-cups but will put a couple in the shop. However, I try to a-void voids.
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Depending on the blank, I’ve used Stone Filler to add a pop of color. On a side note, is that a kit pen? I really like it!!


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I fill in voids with either coffee grounds, crushed corn cob, or crushed walnut hulls. The coffee grounds are used that I have dried and saved, The walnut hulls and corncob are polishing media that I use in polishing my reloading brass.

The corncob polishing media can also be dyed, If I want color I have some that I have dyed turquoise, red, black and yellow.

All of this is used by gluing with CA in the void area. Drizzle a little CA in the void and pour some filler in the spot. Turn again and fill again or fill with CA as needed.
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Depending on the blank, I’ve used Stone Filler to add a pop of color. On a side note, is that a kit pen? I really like it!!


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I'm digging the finish, great job!

I've had success packing a void with the very fine shavings from the blank itself and then coat with thin CA. Sometimes you can't even tell there was even a void in the first place!
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Agree the stone fillers really make them stand out. Turquoise is used as much as anything else in bowls with voids, and turquoise usually looks great with amboyna.
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As stated above in depends on the wood. I either use sawdust or finely ground turquoise. Haven't yet tried coffee grounds. Will have to give that a try.
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