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Old 08-20-2009, 08:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I have turned a few of them just using CA to stabilize them, Like this one on this slimline. I have used pine cones on Sierras and Guardians and most of them has been cones that have not opened up yet. I am building a Nouvean Sceptre in pine cone. I know there is not enough wood in the center so I chose the two biggest ones that I could find that were open and cast them in white pearl Alumilite using a pot.
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Sure it's possible but you run the risk of more air bubbles without the pot.
I've got a (pot) belly and still have plenty (gassy) air bubbles. Must be doing something wrong.
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Idea: Trim the cones on a band saw to about 1 inch diameter slide them in a pvc pipe with the peddles facing up. Use a rubber or wood plug on the bottom of the pipe with a 1/4 inch hole drilled in it. Mix resin then inject it into the pipe from the bottom, the resin should displace most of the air as it rises. A small hole may need to be drilled just above the cones and a toothpick place through it to keep the cones from floating up. Once the tube is full plug the bottom hole with a cork and vibrate to release any trapped air.
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I have turned a few of them just using CA to stabilize them, Like this one on this slimline. I have used pine cones on Sierras and Guardians and most of them has been cones that have not opened up yet. I am building a Nouvean Sceptre in pine cone. I know there is not enough wood in the center so I chose the two biggest ones that I could find that were open and cast them in white pearl Alumilite using a pot.
Dang, tell me that ain't beautiful. It is. Good work.
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Thanks for the kind words folks, if I can help let me know. Sounds like Max and I use the same method.
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In California, there are Sugar Pines and Coulter Pines. Coulter Pines are the largest pine cones around. The old lumber jacks use to call them Widow Makers. If one fell from the tree and hit you in the head it could kill you. Nice woody cone.
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I do the same as John, I use longleaf pine cones. Personlly I like them better than the cast ones.jmho
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I have turned a few of them just using CA to stabilize them, Like this one on this slimline. I have used pine cones on Sierras and Guardians and most of them has been cones that have not opened up yet. I am building a Nouvean Sceptre in pine cone. I know there is not enough wood in the center so I chose the two biggest ones that I could find that were open and cast them in white pearl Alumilite using a pot.
Holy smoke that's gorgeous!!!!
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