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I was wondering if any of you every buy bowl blanks then resaw them into pen blanks? The reason I am wondering; I have a request for an order of 50 slimline pens by Christmas. I can buy a couple of bowl blanks (2x6x6) for less than 11 dollars each and get several pen blanks if I cut the 5/8 square which is plenty for me to turn a slimline. If my calculations are correct I think I can get something like 27 pen blanks from a 2x6x6 bowl blank. If I order pen blanks the cost is quite a bit more, close to a dollar per blank. Just trying to make these pens cheaps as possible as they are to be gifts for a family company. What do you think? Is is worth the extra time to cut up the blanks or should I just go ahead and buy pen blanks?
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Its definately worth the savings if you just need some generic wood. I buy blanks cut specifically for pens because they are typically cut to present the best figure. If I just need a generic blank or am doing a segmented pen, I typically cut from flat stock.

Just a caution, most bowl blanks are cut green and sealed on all sides so they retain thier moisture. If you cut blanks now, they probably wont be dry enough to turn by Christmas unless you dry them some other way like a microwave or oven. Just use caution if you have to dry them, they can warp and crack when trying to dry them too quickly.

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You could probably get by cheaper and dryer if you buy 3/4 inch board and slice it to blanks. It also saves you a bit of sawing.
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+1 to what Gary said, buy a few boards and cut them up. Cheaper than bowl blanks. BTW, what type of wood are you looking for. I've got a crapload of cherry, maple and walnut own blanks that I can let you have for barely more than flat rate shipping costs. PM me if interested.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks guys for the replies.
I had not thought about the bowl blanks being green so that might not work after all. I will see if I can find a board and cut it into these peices. That would probably would be better.
I am looking for bloodwood. They want it because it is close to the company color to give to customers for the holidays.
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In case you did not see this post, Woodcraft has a Black Friday special on the 50 pack of pen blanks for only $20.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/wo...s-flyer-44829/
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