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post #1 of 7 Old 01-23-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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First aluminum pen

Haven't posted much here for a while so thought I would share something different I've been playing with in the pen department.

I took a chunk of 5/8" aluminum, turned it down to fit a Rinehart kit. I thought it was a good match with the hex head style of the kit. Actually turned pretty easy just need sharp tools and slower speed. Sanded all the normal grits including micromesh up to 12,000 then hit it with red rouge and white diamond then auto polish after that.

The recipient couldn't get over how cool it looked.
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Haven't posted much here for a while so thought I would share something different I've been playing with in the pen department.

I took a chunk of 5/8" aluminum, turned it down to fit a Rinehart kit. I thought it was a good match with the hex head style of the kit. Actually turned pretty easy just need sharp tools and slower speed. Sanded all the normal grits including micromesh up to 12,000 then hit it with red rouge and white diamond then auto polish after that.

The recipient couldn't get over how cool it looked.
Very cool. Nice job!!!
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Pretty cool. I didn't think of turning aluminum.
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Great job! Are those nuts aluminum , too?

Harrison, at your service!
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Cut on a metal lathe?

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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You can also cut brass, aluminum, and nylons/plastics on a wood lathe.

There's a guy who uses his Shopsmith to cut steel parts, somewhere on the Net.

Harrison, at your service!
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The "nuts" are part of the hardware kit for the pen. I turned this on my shopsmith, just run a fairly slow speed for turning and sanding but used high speed for polishing and buffing.
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