|Project by scottb||posted 12-01-2008 04:37 AM||1803 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
... oops. Looks like I forgot to stop!
Actually I had started turning this about 1/2way through this challenge. I think it would have been the second Atlas pen I’d have posted… but turing this 3/4 (if not 4/4) thick blank down was taking forever (to make precious little progress)... and sharpening my gouges didn’t seem to help much… So I just set it aside.
I had forgotten the fact that this to split into two pieces when I drilled it out, I superglued/clamped it back together. The glue line was faintly noticible when rough turning, and I expected it would still show, another, albeit forgotten reason, I set this blank aside.
Well, fresh from my final success with the Blood Orange pen, I grabbed this partially turned blank and, with sharp chisels, I just kept going. Despite the shavings being really clingy to the gouge, it cut much more easily this time. In less than 1/2 hour I’d gone from pen blank to finished pen, having sanded and polished it from 220 grit all the way up to 12,000 (micro mesh). It was so shiny I’d even forgotten to take it to the buffer.
I didn’t know what else do do with this, finishing wise. I figure it’s polished and left to fend for itself as a countertop surface… it should stand up to any abuse on a desk top.
The crack from splitting is all but invisible. Imperceptible, I think is what they call the seams when installing a corian countertop.They used to call the material (something to the effect of) “indestructable with invisible seams”, now it’s “renewable with imperceptible seams.” I’d reckon anyone older than school age won’t know it’s there.
As for what this material actually is, I’m not sure. It was a lone blank in the last round of the pen turners swap. A greenish countertop composite made to look like granite, or a similar aggregate. The material is quite tough, and smelled a little plasticy when turning, though nowhere near as bad as the smell of other plastics or pvc I’ve cut (cut, not turned or worked for any length of time!).