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Old 02-07-2014, 09:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Welcome from northcentral PA.

I like using corian for slimline pens because it is easy to turn and polishes nicely.
Looking forward to seeing some pictures of your work.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Welcome Denise.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard!
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Default Hello from KC, KS

I guess I am now the new guy on this block! Hi to all!
Just moved to KC on the Kansas side (Overland Park actually), from southwest Iowa. Moved here last July. I retired in January, 2013 , set up a shop in the basement, and began using the lathe I bought several years ago, but had no time to play with it...actually, I bought it with the intention of penturning. I am acquiring new kits as I find ones that look like far, using wood and acrylic, with an eye on Corian and molding some of my own.
Several folks on here have talked about getting "lots" of Corian...I'd be interested in knowing where you guys (and gals!) get your to share info?!
I've researched using books, articles, and have enjoyed reading experiences of those of you haunting this site. I am particularly intrigued with some of the terrific examples of inlays (different metals) as shown in last years IAP contest...anyone have resources that demonstrate this technique?
Many thanks to whomever put this site together and maintains its's a treasure of experience and knowledge!! Dave/av8r
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Welcome Denise. I am surprised no one mentioned to you that we also like to see pictures.
Hope you enjoy your time here. We have a great library with lots of helpful ideas and techniques in there.

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Welcome from Texas Denise! Try a tapered reamer to ease the inside lip of the tubes. It will make the components easier to press. Also, take extra care to make sure there is absolutely no glue inside the tube. Instead of being pushed out of the way, it will often cause your nicely turned and polished blank to crack on assembly.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
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here's a tip for hiding your Corian glue lines, from someone in my local club that turns A LOT of it...

look at your Corian from the side - the "top" of the Corian will have more/denser color than the bottom.

when gluing up, always glue top to top and bottom to bottom, it makes the change mush less apparent.

you can stack pieces and glue them top-bottom, bottom-top, top-bottom, bottom-top, top-bottom, bottom-top, top-bottom, bottom-top,etc to get the height you want.

He regularly turns segmented Corian vessels up to 8" in height.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:26 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Welcome from California....IAP's a great place to hang out..
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:17 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Welcome from the coast of Maine!
I have found getting good results gluing up corian depends a lot on what color/ pattern. I do sand it and immediately put it in a vice after spreading the CA glue. One pattern that looks like granite has worked well for me.
Take some time to look through the library, there is soo much information there!
Also check out this OLD thread ....
If I had known this earlier . .
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