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Forum topic by ThEpEnMaKeR posted 09-19-2014 03:54 AM 840 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2014 03:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip trick lathe turning modern

i have been turning wood for quite a few years now, but within the last year i have seen a lot of people working with acrylic on the lathe. so i ordered a few bottle stopper kits along with some acrylic blanks. the kits i ordered thread into the blank so instead of buying a tap the right size and messing around with that. i ordered the threaded inserts that p.s.i. just recently listed on their site. any recommendations on the type of glue i should use on the inserts. i normally use ca for wood. and any tips for working with acrylic are also appreciated


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#1 posted 09-19-2014 04:22 AM

I would use a 2-part epoxy, I don’t have any experience with what your explaining but I know that epoxy works cause that is what I use to glue my pen tubes into the acrylic blanks with. Somethings I have found while using acrylic are:

Make sure your tools are sharp, acrylic dulls my chisels much, much faster then with wood. Just sharpen your tools often.

Don’t try to hog of a bunch of materiel at once, doing this tends to just make the acrylic shatter or cause ’’tearout’’ (I don’t know what else to call it… lol)

Go a bit faster, I have found for me turning up the speed of the lathe helps to reused the blank from catching

Now I am no expert, but these are just somethings I have learned over the time I’ve been working with acrylic pens. Hope that helps a bit. :-)

-- Anthony--

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 08:25 AM

thanks for the advice. the parts i ordered should be in sometime next week. I’ll definitely put some pictures in my projects ad let ya know how it all worked out. dull tools will not be a problem i like to keep a stone on my lathe just to touch up my tools while I’m working


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