First Corian Pens

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Project by MarkWilk posted 11-13-2007 12:01 AM 1546 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I took some advice and benefited from a free Corian pen blank and crafted by first Corian pen. It’s faux granite on a gun metal Funline pen from PSI. I like the color scheme of this combination.

I used a small gouge to bring the blank down to just proud of the bushings, then polished with Micro Mesh past 12000. I didn’t even have to add a finish. It just gleams and has a wonderful smooth feel.

The only drawback is that the Corian is murder on your tool edges and the dust is so fine that it gets everywhere. That goodness for a respirator because I don’t think its very healthy to ingest.

Now, I just need to figure out how to find more blanks on the cheap!

The other pen in Redwood used a copper finish Funline kit. These will make great gifts for my nieces.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 01:51 AM

I’ve seen Corian pieces at Woodcraft. But find a fabicrator and they might bless you with some. Just remember to give him a pen for his supplies that you get.

Stuff comes cheaper when you bless others. I once got $850.00 of lumber for 20 pens that I made for a sawmill owner. I consider it time well spent. Some of it was Yellow Birch here is a table made by my son. It’s some beautiful wood.

-- 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 03:22 AM

I agree with Karson. Being in the trades I know how much of this stuff lays around as scrap and drop offs. If you give them a pen or turned project every now and then I am sure that they would be happy to supply you.

These are really nice projects.

And you are right about the dust. Wear a mask.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 04:36 AM

Nice pens, you should be able to find plenty of Corian scraps – check with a couple of counter top shops. The Corian can produce very nice pens. It takes and excellent shine when polished properly.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 04:34 PM

Thanks for the tips. I was happily surprised at how nicely the Corian polished. It was a treat to finish, but not much fun to turn. Next time, I’m sharpening the tools first and well.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 04:58 PM

Long lasting pens here. Great work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 05:25 PM

Well done. 1/2” blanks are cheap on ebay if you want to go that route. 3/4” seems to be a bit harder to find.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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