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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 12-08-2014 11:42 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2014 11:42 PM

I have made about 4 or 5 pens and they really look good,,,but I have noticed that on the ends next to the bushings that after you put them together that it seems like you might have just a little split grain,,i was thinking made I should take them off the mandrell and put them in between centers and sand the ends a little better,,can anyone comment on this problem or tell me what I am doing wrong,,,,thank you

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#1 posted 12-09-2014 12:04 AM

I think a picture of the problem would help but it sounds like you are cracking the blanks. Try using a very sharp tool and consider sanding sooner to get closer to your finished diameter. What kind of blank are you using? I find burls tend to crack like this easier than straight grained pieces.

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