Resin pen turning in winter

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ed4copies

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Every winter I get calls about resin blanks "blowing up" on the lathe.

All resin is someone temperature sensitive! Store your blanks in the house, so they are warm. If you are going to drill (not pre-tubed blanks) and glue,
move them indoors to cure the glue. When turning, keep your shop as warm as possible--but the temperature of the blank is more important than the temp in the shop.
I have successfully turned many resins at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, but I am VERY comfortable turning resin--I suggest a temp of 65 or greater will give better results.

Hope this will save you a few "blow-ups" this winter!!

Pen turning is more fun when you actually get a pen!!

Enjoy!!

Ed
 
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Great suggestion Ed. I've noticed that in wood as well--a little more brittle at temps below freezing. (oh--and my fingers too!!)
Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday!!
earl
 

JohnU

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Your comments are always a great help Ed. Thank You! I often put a couple blanks in my front pants pockets to keep them warm from my body heat as they wait their turn to be drilled or turned. I believe I learned that from you also. šŸ˜¬
 

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Thanks for the suggestion - another potential problem I've never thought of.

On a related issue, my pen kits are stored in my unheated garage and so are subject to hot and cold temperatures. I have started worrying about how extreme temperatures effect pen transmissions and refills. Does someone have thoughts on this?
 

ed4copies

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Freezing the refills doesn't do anything good for them.

We lost several hundred refills by mailing in the subzero temp.
Transmissions will become "tight", but when they warm up again, they seem to work fine.
 

FrankH

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Freezing the refills doesn't do anything good for them.

We lost several hundred refills by mailing in the subzero temp.
Transmissions will become "tight", but when they warm up again, they seem to work fine.
Thanks for replying. I'll pull the refills from all of my kits and bring them inside. I've had a few stiff transmissions. I pulled the pens apart let a drop of 3im1 dry lube in the transmissions. Thanks again for the help.
 
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