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Fiberglass Rod

I know you can turn a variety of materials, but has anyone turned fiberglass Rods? I have 1/2" dia. rods that I want to make a 1/4" dia. tenon on 1" - 2" long. Thought doing it on the lath would be the quickest way. BUT, I don't want to screw up my tools doing this. If it's hard on tools then I guess I could use a flat file on it while turning.
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It will not hurt your tools. I have turned all sorts of plastic, aluminum, copper and brass.
If it is fiberglass then you will need to turn so that you are cutting down hill with the grain on every cut. Otherwise you will lift the fibers.
If it is actually plexiglass or some other solid cast rod then ignore the message above. Take light cuts. If you hear weird chipping noises and don't have a good finish then you are cutting to fast or your tool is dull. Some people use scraper on plastic. It works, it just tends to chip out.
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I would take a skew and make a "stop cut" where you want the tenon to end before I did anthing else. I would be afraid the fibers will chase/rip down piece even with sharp tools.



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you can buy fiberglass pen blanks so i dont see why not
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i would save the 1/2 and just go buy 1/4, thats would be the quickest.
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you can buy fiberglass pen blanks so i dont see why not
I believe that the fiberglass pen blanks are actually cast in an acrylic resin so you are not really turning the fiberglass but turning the acrylic.

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I would take a skew and make a "stop cut" where you want the tenon to end before I did anthing else. I would be afraid the fibers will chase/rip down piece even with sharp tools.
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That's a good idea, I know of the long fibers because I had one of these rods splinter on me before.

Everyone else, thanks for your replies, but I'm not making pen blanks. I like to fabricate things out of different materials, a lot of them not wood working related.

So I needed a tenon. If turning doesn't work well, I've got other ideas.
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