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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.
I made a base for a sump pump from a piece of a road sign. Got the tear drop shape but lining up the holes was fun.
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