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mmayo

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I was given a chunk of amboyna burl as a gift. The guy actually gave me a lot of wood, nice!

After cutting it into 3/4” square pieces there was quite a bit of 1/2” pieces left. A Sierra pen is just under 1/2” so I made a couple of Saturn blanks and used pieces to attempt drilling for Sierras on the lathe. Here are the results; straight through and even! The turned Sierra, an unturned, tubed blank and the original stock is shown. Whew!

PS - I ended up with a bag of the stuff. Usually a blank of amboyna burl with sapwood runs close to $20 each so I buy it rarely.
 

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keithbyrd

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I was given a chunk of amboyna burl as a gift. The guy actually gave me a lot of wood, nice!

After cutting it into 3/4” square pieces there was quite a bit of 1/2” pieces left. A Sierra pen is just under 1/2” so I made a couple of Saturn blanks and used pieces to attempt drilling for Sierras on the lathe. Here are the results; straight through and even! The turned Sierra, an unturned, tubed blank and the original stock is shown. Whew!

PS - I ended up with a bag of the stuff. Usually a blank of amboyna burl with sapwood runs close to $20 each so I buy it rarely.
Nice job Mark and the amboyna is awesome!
 

mick

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Nice score! If it's a good healthy 1/2 and you drill very carefully you can get I slimline pen form it.

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mmayo

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Nice score! If it's a good healthy 1/2 and you drill very carefully you can get I slimline pen form it.

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For what it is worth, I’m lazy - all of my slimlines start out at 0.500” because they turn faster. When a lathe is used for drilling, you have square blanks and good bits it is like shooting fish in a barrel for me. Yes, I have to be a bit patient too.
 
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