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Old 08-08-2017, 09:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Woodchipper View Post
Very nice. Can't see anything wrong with it. How much trouble was it to turn the aluminum? Or....how did you turn it along with the wood?
Keep in mind, I have no idea what I'm doing and this was the 1st pen I've put together with aluminum segments. So there may be better ways of doing it. However, I just used my carbide tools on the lathe and turned it just like I would any wood pen. Took small cuts and had to be VERY careful transitioning from the aluminum to the very very soft mango. This mango isn't stabilized so it is extremely soft which is very different than turning the hardened aluminum. I think I may try to find a softer alloy going forward because it certainly wasn't fun to turn.
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Old 08-08-2017, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I think it looks great..nice combination of materials
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Nice. That is pretty fat aluminum pieces!
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Old 08-09-2017, 05:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Check with the city or county sign department. They should have all kinds of scrap aluminum. Lowe's and many hardware stores should have aluminum, possible a softer material.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Excellent pen. Tried something similar and every time the aluminium and wood delaminated when drilling for the tube. Got lucky sometimes after drilling very slowly with long intervals. Problem started again when turning. The aluminium gets too hot from the cutting and another one down the drain. Could show a number of pics but I'm not an expert with mail etc. [age?]. Would appreciate any glue suggestions. Tried epoxy, super glue, polyurethane, and even white wood glue.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:15 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You forgot to try the obvious while trying all that glue! Drill the materials separately, then glue them together. ;) Drill each piece, then assemble on the tube while you glue them together and clamp.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Default Ok you guys convinced me...

Mckenziedrums’s method makes it a lot easier to get the segmenting sections lined up correctly as well. Before I started doing it that way I would always end up with a longer piece on one end or the other. Now I glue the Center piece on turn it down so it is evenly spaced on both ends then glue the other pieces on. Presto!!

By the way I love this pen. It is a great combo of kit, balance and wood choice.

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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That is a very nice pen. Keep up the good work.

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Old 12-02-2017, 10:53 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:06 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Great pen, Tim. I really like the proportions you achieved in/with the segments.

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