Composite espresso

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Timd made one in platinum, here’s mine in gold.
Both are made of leftovers from the same deck I redid this summer, courtesy of the pen turners swap - round two.

Atlas pen made with Veranda brand composite decking, made from recycled wood and recycled plastics, turned (pun intended) into this handsome pen. A recycled project made from recycled materials – this is green taken to the next level. This is a very comfortable pen to hold and use, warm to the touch.

I found this was easy to machine, and thought it would be easy to turn…. it’s almost like turning clay. Such a pleasure to turn, and makes for a really quick project. If not for tim’s pen, I might have been afraid it wouldn’t sand smooth, but rather remain scratched… however all’s well. The pen is sanded super smooth (to 2000), buffed and finished with several coats of high build friction polish and bowling alley floor wax, and buffed again!

This is the 15th item in my 30 day project/challenge
& auction.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 11:44 AM

“Composite espresso”...turned out to be very beautiful pen. Great job.
I’m not familiar with “composite espresso”, what is the main use of this material anyway?
Its much much harder than MDF I guess.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 11:47 AM

Another winner Scott.

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#3 posted 11-16-2008 12:16 PM

Nice one Scott.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Tony Z

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#4 posted 11-16-2008 03:13 PM

Cool. I always wondered how this stuff turned. Veranda is the brand of decking Home Depot carries. It is actually made by Fiberon to Home Depot’s price point standards. My local lumber yard just sent me down to tour the Fiberon factory a couple months ago( I built a few decks using this material last summer ). It’s a really cool process the way this stuff comes together. Maple wood flour and recycled and virgin plastics. The Fiberon brand has higher quality standards than the Veranda version but i don’t know if it would perform differently. As far as hardness goes, I would say it is as hard or slightly softer than mdf.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#5 posted 11-16-2008 03:16 PM

just added a link to the manufacturer… looks like they don’t carry this color (espresso) anymore. Anyhow, it’s heavy stuff, but super easy to cut, and it gets really really warm in the sun but dries up after rain or morning dew very quickly.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 11-16-2008 04:03 PM

That’s cool, SCott!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-16-2008 06:21 PM

I like it … really pretty pen

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 11-16-2008 11:01 PM

Very cool Scott. I liked turning this, too, and everyone loves the pen and the way it feels. Thanks for sharing this material with us!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#9 posted 11-17-2008 02:45 AM

Scott, that’s awesome. I would have never guessed that stuff could be turned… it looks great.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 11-17-2008 09:16 PM

Scott another great looking pen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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