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Old 04-24-2016, 12:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think you have it tuned in, great blank.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Is that an Incra you're dialed in on?
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Simply awesome!
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Great Job Eugene!!
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:47 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Sorry for the delay, I was in "storm fixing" mode for most of the weekend. still recovering from lats week's hail storm from hell.

Anyway to answer some of the comments. It's a wooden "home made sled (version 4) for the tablesaw which is equipped with a 10" Laser Kerf Saw Blade 40T, 1/16" Kerf from Infinity tools. The blanks are cut to 7/8 x 5 1/2" (after cutting I fine tune them by laying them on a sled and feeding them through the drum sander). Once the size is correct the kerfs get cut on one side and then cast to fill the kerfs then re sanded to size again and the second set of lines are cut and then cast again to fill in the kerfs. I have used solid wood blanks, resin blanks and burl blanks. The most challenging one are the burl blanks bec you never know if the blank has hidden cracks and they have to be cut then clamped straight and set them aside to acclimate before before casting.

The trick is to get the lines at the same distance and for this I use shims of different sizes. With this many lines if sawdust gets between the shims the lines would be off. I normally don't cut this many lines but wanted to see how many I could fit in one blank.

Here is an example of a pen I made a while back "The Weave" This one has only half the cuts of the ivory and red blank in the initial post.

Made of Yellow Heart wood with blue alumilite on a gold Churchill Kit.

And this one is from an X's & O's Amalgam-Mutt in Black and Pearl on a Chrome Churchill.
Alumilite wet sanded to 12000mm and novus II. This is the same pen pictured from two sides. This one only had 1/4 the cuts from the ivory and red blank.

This is the "O" side:

This is the "X" side:
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks for taking the time to give us a little background as to your method and good luck with the sales. I am sure they will be a hit. Looking forward to seeing a pen made from the latest blank. Always looking at new designs from simple cuts on a saw. Thanks again
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Incredible. I didn't even suspect you cast to fill the lines. I may have to play around with this!
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:17 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have turned many of the "X & O" blanks with awesome results. Customers love them. Cannot wait to try out the new weave style you came up with and the color schemes to come.

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