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Project by woodkiller posted 08-27-2010 02:12 PM 2065 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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docholladay

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 02:36 PM

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 08-27-2010 02:56 PM

nice save

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Tim Merrick

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 03:07 PM

Great looking pen! Where can I find crushed turquoise?

-- Love God, he loves you!

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woodkiller

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 03:07 PM

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 08-27-2010 04:09 PM

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 08-27-2010 04:19 PM

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

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 05:11 PM

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 08-27-2010 05:48 PM

Wow. Very cool.

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 09:46 PM

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 08-28-2010 04:31 AM

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: http://www.inlaceonline.com/text/products/kits.html
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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