Here is my Barron in Aluminum-Bronze Alloy. Please tell me what you think.
The rod was bought from www.speedymetals.com and is 3/4" CA 954 Aluminum Bronze. Much heavier than aluminum alone.Doug
Great job. Where did you get the material and what is it called or if it has a number??? How did you do the kit??? Did you glue in or is it drilled to kit size??? How did you turn it??? How did you finish it?? It looks like it has a mirror finish on it as opposed to a satin finish. Is it top coated. Thanks for the reply and for showing it.
The rod was bought from www.speedymetals.com and is 3/4" CA 954 Aluminum Bronze. Much heavier than aluminum alone.
The rod was cut to length with my chop saw and drilled with cobalt bits. The pen tubes as it turned out where pressure fit into the holes.
And now the turning tool. I turned a closed end aluminum Cigar Pen last week with regular turning tools and after cutting this alloy and drilling I knew there was no way I could use regular tools. So I made a tool to hold CNC turning inserts, don't laugh... It is three pieces of 1/4" flat plate welded together with a slot in the end and a 3/4" steel bar welded to the tool.
The turning tool insert has a Micro-100 Carbide tip. Cuts through the alloy like butter. After turning the blanks were then wet sanded 150-12K. I used Nuvite two part finishing paste for the finish. Got some other rods in the mail and will be turning those in the next few days. Thanks for asking.
It is a pressure fit. I actually had to grind the bit down a hair. Since the bit is the first thing that heats up it doesn't move.Big congrats on the cover shot Doug:biggrin: I'm glad your cool pen was chosen as I missed it somehow.
I'm esp intrigued about the tool you made though. I can understand the 3 plates and the slot, but I can't figure out how you held the bit in the slot
LOL:biggrin: I was pleased to see that your workbench looks JUST like mine normally does!!!!