Workshop Update – Resin infused hybrid pen blanks
I thought it was about time that I turned these resin infused hybrid pen blanks that I bought a while ago from The Burl Shed in Perth.
Decided to make a Lucinda pen (9mm tube; slightly smaller than a sierra) and some keyrings with this blank:
First attempt at turning this was a keyring and the result as below
Tried 5 different tools with similar results so realised that all my turning tools needed sharpening.
Got the Tormek wet grinder out and sharpened 8 tools to start with as below.
Had quite a job with the skew as I don’t think I have sharpened it properly since I bought it; I went off skews for a while.
Made sure I noted the jig settings this time though.
By the time I got the blank smooth and shaped properly I managed to lose the burl part but the result still looks ok as below.
Was then able to turn the Lucinda pen blank plus another keyring – this time I made it larger to ensure that I kept some wood as well as resin.
Very pleased with the outcome; looks like I have lost the second keyring as my wife really likes it.
As these turned out ok I rashly thought I would try the chickpea pen blank next.
Unfortunately as you can see from the photo either I was going too fast, had blunt tools (or both) or the chickpeas weren’t sufficiently attached.
Not sure if I can do anything with the remains as was a lucida pen blank so cannot use as a keyring as a 9mm blank while the keyrings are 7mm.
New purchase made this week, kept away from seeds for this one!
I am an accountant who uses woodwork as a way to escape computers. I work in the back half of a tandem garage under the house; effectively a basement that also houses my wife’s car. I have a reasonable set of tools and am getting more into hand tools, mainly due to the lack of noise and dust minimization. I live in Sydney Australia and am a active member of The Shire Woodworking Club, Cubby House Turners & Woodies Inc and The Traditional Tools Group Inc Why Hugo’s Woodshop? All decent website options with Gary were taken so I had to look for something else! Hugo is our 3 year old Ragdoll cat who is very nosy and likes investigating the garage / workshop: