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Old 04-03-2007, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does anybody do this?

I was turning a peppermill tonight out of a maple burl and had to fill a bunch of inclusions. I used a ground turquois and epoxy to fill them in. I add extra so I can turn it down to the correct shape and size.

My problem was round nose scraper would dull in a minute or so because it was like turning sandpaper, so I had to keep sharpening my scraper. Since what I was turning was "like sandpaper", I turned my scraper over and put a nice edge right back on using the turquois and epoxy fill. It just took a few seconds and I flipped it back over and turned again.

I didn't know if this is a technique people use, or just a really stupid thing I did from drinking too many energy drinks.
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Makes perfect sense to me! (Not that that is a good thing.)
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Whatever works. When I first started wood turning, with zero knowledge, I used my round nosed scraper on duck calls 'upside down' for more than a year not knowing I was doing it wrong. [:I] BTW, the upside-down thing makes a smooth surface.
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Rifleman1776
<br />Whatever works. When I first started wood turning, with zero knowledge, I used my round nosed scraper on duck calls 'upside down' for more than a year not knowing I was doing it wrong. [:I] BTW, the upside-down thing makes a smooth surface.
I think it works best on harder woods. Sorby actually sells a scraper based on the same principle...of course theirs is a lot more difficult to sharpen and fancier to look at [;)]
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Old 04-10-2007, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I Have made a few pens by filling the holes in Arizona Cholla
with turquoise I ground up in a mortar and pestle. I shaped the entire pen with sandpaper only. I started with 80 grit and went from there. The results were great but it did take a while. I initially started with a scraper but some of the bigger pieces of the turquoise would split or break out and I wanted a variety of sizes for contrast and look. Seems the sandpaper was the best route for me. Good luck, you will enjoy the result.

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