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Old 01-12-2018, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Does Spectraply need to be stabilized before turning?
Or is it ok to turn as is, with carbide tipped tools?

I'm looking to turn some bottle stoppers & maybe a pepper mill or two.

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I turn as is never had a problem.
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I too turn as is. I don't even use carbide tools. Just a sharp HSS spindle gouge.
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I've only used it for pens, rough with carbide and finish with HSS skew. I can't speak for others, but for me the scraping with a skew keeps me from having to sand--and avoids the sanding dust bleed-over that I got on the first few I did.
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I've only used it for pens, rough with carbide and finish with HSS skew. I can't speak for others, but for me the scraping with a skew keeps me from having to sand--and avoids the sanding dust bleed-over that I got on the first few I did.
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I really like using SpectraPly and turn it with carbide tools. I like it enough that I bought a box of 100 assorted pen blanks a while back. After sanding I make sure the blank is very clean with DNA. I then put on a couple of liberal coats of medium CA to make sure all the pores are sealed.

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I really like using SpectraPly and turn it with carbide tools. I like it enough that I bought a box of 100 assorted pen blanks a while back. After sanding I make sure the blank is very clean with DNA. I then put on a couple of liberal coats of medium CA to make sure all the pores are sealed.

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Herb, if he stated after sanding, it would indicate he meant after turning. Who would sand their blanks and apply CA glue, before turning them??????
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I use it for pens and bottle stoppers. Turn to final size and shape. Then seal with 1-2 light coats of thin CA and sand to at least 400 grit. Finally apply a CA finish and polish.
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Mine is soft, but all turned with HSS..I can't see carbide being a problem. It is something that i finish with CA even though it is a laminate. LarryC's Dymondwood is a solid as a rock. In fact, my pen plus finish looks more like CA on. here is a pic. The Dymonwood is more two-tone too - unlike the spectraply, which is what make the spectraply interesting.
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