Major blowout

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Project by woodkiller posted 1464 days ago 2059 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was making a Buckeye burl pen out of a questionable blank when the whole side blew out. It was where a knot was so I was not shocked. I had some crushed Turquoise and decided to inlay it in the pen. About 1 1/2 hours later this is the result. By the way my wife has staked claim to it, no surprise. The first 2 pictures are of the pen and the last is of the blowout before the tube was glued in. Sorry for the picture quality it was taken from my phone. Thanks for looking Russell

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#1 posted 1464 days ago

Very cool solution. I assume you used some form of epoxy to glue in the turquoise. Did you fill the epoxy proud of the surface first? How did you go about bringing it down and then polishing to such a high gloss?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 1464 days ago

nice save

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Tim Merrick

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#3 posted 1464 days ago

Great looking pen! Where can I find crushed turquoise?

-- Love God, he loves you!

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#4 posted 1464 days ago

I use CA glue to glue in the stones. I turn the blank close to the right size then fill it in with the turquoise. It is proud of the wood by just a little then I finish turning it. I still had to stop and fill in the voids from any lost stones. It is sanded to 600 grit then I buff it lightly. It then gets a CA finish that leaves it with a shiny finish. I got the crushed turquoise from Craft Supplies USA. I have used it for some smaller blowouts and it looks nice as well.

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Richard Alexander

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#5 posted 1464 days ago

Wow. I wouldn’t have even considered trying to turn that piece. You’ve expanded my horizons. Beauiful pen.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#6 posted 1464 days ago

Sweet looking. Looks like you meant to do it in the first place.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#7 posted 1464 days ago

Where do you guys get these crushed stones from? Pen looks nice by the way. Nice fix.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#8 posted 1464 days ago

Wow. Very cool.

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#9 posted 1464 days ago

Very nice recovery. Thanks for posting the photos and process. You’ve given a lot of us ideas for the future (it often happens to me).

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#10 posted 1464 days ago

That was a terrific save! Looks like it was meant to be. Here’s a product that may be helpful with similar situations. Steve Good did a tutorial on it:

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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