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Cutting Spalted Maple Burl Pen Blanks

*Ebay Link if you are interested is http://stores.ebay.com/Oregon-Burls-Simply-The-Best/Pen-Blanks-/_i.html?_fsub=17223447&_sid=31917016&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322*

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!



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Dusty56

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Nice video , how about adding a link to the ebay sale ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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reggiek

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#2 posted 1271 days ago

Greg, that is a beautiful piece of maple…..I cringed as you cut it into pen blanks though….I have a ton of pen blanks..but not nice chunks like that.

Is that a grizzly BS? I am looking at upgrading to a 3hp or 5hp model as my 2hp seems really underpowered when cutting through a thick hardwood blank. That’s even after putting in a new woodslicer on it.

Great video…....be sure to wear safety glasses and have a push stick nearby though…Had to mention that just to keep the safety nut in me happy.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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OregonBurls

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#3 posted 1271 days ago

Thanks Reg, You are right. I need to wear the glasses and use the push stick. I like my 3 horse it is the 19” Extreme. 5 horse would be better for my work because I cut green wood with it also.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 1271 days ago

Thanks for the link : ) Nice stuff there !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

Great Video Greg, Hope all is well!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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sedcokid

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#6 posted 1270 days ago

Greg, thanks for sharing this video and the site!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 1270 days ago

Thanks Greg, great piece of burl.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Canadian Woodworks

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#8 posted 1269 days ago

Crazy spalt! I love it.

Mr. safety here saying you should be wearing a pair of safety glasses, I recently had a friend that was doing a tile job, he wore his glasses all day. Finished up for the day took them off dropped the hammer on the floor and it kicked up a piece of tile right into his eye. He literally had to sit in the dark for like a month and listen to movies, it was about 7 months to full recovery.

So my reminder is now Mr. One Eyed Murry, when ever I don’t have em on I remember.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Moby

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#9 posted 1269 days ago

I agree with reggiek, I would have cut this into a bowl blank first, then cut the excess into pen blanks.

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#10 posted 1268 days ago

How would I go about stabilizing these blanks if I purchased some?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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OregonBurls

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#11 posted 1268 days ago

I have a stabilizing unit being shipped right now to me. Soon I will be able to stabilize however there are other companies who stabilize. You can do a google search of if anyone else knows a company please feel free to share.
Thanks

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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OregonBurls

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#12 posted 1268 days ago

Pen Blanks sell better than the bowl blanks. Now that I am getting a stabilizing unit I will be able to stabilize the bowl blanks also. Will be selling more bowl blanks soon.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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Eric_S

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#13 posted 1267 days ago

Greg, I’ve seen a product from MinWax called Wood Hardner. Have you or anyone else ever heard of this and know if I could use it to stabilize blanks on my own since I dont have a vacuum press or high pressure machines.

http://www.minwax.com/products/maintenance_and_repair/high_performance_wood_hardener.html

I’ve also heard that you can just turn it to size and CA glue will act as the stabilizer? Is this true?

I’m still very new to turning so forgive me if these sound questions sound dumb.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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OregonBurls

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#14 posted 1267 days ago

No Worries Eric, Ask away. Yes. I have used it and it does Okay. I would have liked it to be harder on my spalted maple. With CA glue you need to keep applying as you turn. Just be careful. That stuff spinning around on a lathe will get in you eye and every where else if you don’t let it dry.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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