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Old 11-04-2018, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A few months ago I called Mark James with an idea. He had been making ring blanks with segmented wood. I told him to make me a few but leave the grooves empty, as I wanted to try and cast resin into it. We tried a few things, but could never get full coverage. So Saturday, I had a crazy plan. With a little calculation, i made a jig to cast them in, and achieved full coverage. So every groove is full of resin. I turned it round so I could mount it in my chuck. That way i could drill dead center. I drilled this for a sierra. The blank is painted and I'll glue the tube in the morning. Hopefully i'll have a completed pen by Tuesday. I'm leaving to visit Mark on Thursday. May have to finish it there.

Well, here's some pics. Step by Step. Mark did the dowels, i did the casting and turning. Comments accepted, good or bad.

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I know it would be easier with pvc, but it was late and I had none. So I made my molds work
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Looks good. I look forward to seeing the final result.

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I think it looks great. Cool idea.
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Looking nice Ernie.

I will be great to see it turned. I'm curious how the translucent cast will look and wonder if a darker (more solid) shade will be needed.

I can make these by the dozens, so an infinite variety is possible.
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Looking nice Ernie.

I will be great to see it turned. I'm curious how the translucent cast will look and wonder if a darker (more solid) shade will be needed.

I can make these by the dozens, so an infinite variety is possible.

Well, I have a red, blue, and green blank ready to turn. I think I cast 15 of them yesterday
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Looking nice Ernie.

I will be great to see it turned. I'm curious how the translucent cast will look and wonder if a darker (more solid) shade will be needed.

I can make these by the dozens, so an infinite variety is possible.

Well, I have a red, blue, and green blank ready to turn. I think I cast 15 of them yesterday
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Very Cool....watching and waiting!
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Foghorn would say....

"You're doin'...ah say, you're doin' it all wrong son. That'll never make a pen"
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I'll turn it tuesday night. Gonna glue the tube when i get home tonight, and then turn tomorrow after work
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