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post #1 of 4 Old 08-06-2009, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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how do i make an acrylic pen?

i bought all of my supplies today but i dont know where to start with making an acrylic pen
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2009, 05:51 PM
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Have you ever made a wood pen? Big difference is acrylic causes heat buildup drilling and turning. Drill slow with a lubricant to keep the blank from breaking. Turning may be done fast or slow depending on who you ask. Search the forum for tips and techniques.
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the idea is almost the same. i start by cutting the blanks the same way i would cut wood ones, and then drill the holes with a drill press at a slow rpm and sometimes a lubricant. then glue the tubes in and clean and trim with a barrel trimmer. next except that you might break a couple of blanks and start to turn i use a 3/8 spindle gouge at around 1300-1800 rpm. once i have my shape i sand with a plastic finishing kit and some water to wet sand and then i use a plastic polish.

best of luck and feel free to P.M. me if you have some other questions
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Here's a great source for pen turning info and inspiration.. also Penn State has a free dvd on penmaking
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