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post #1 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Some Pens

I know...everyone is showing them off right?

Well, these are a bit different. They are made from Corian.

The colors are Mandarin Orange, Aztec Gold, Cinnabar and Egyptian Copper.

They are easy to turn and easy to finish. I think they will be more durable than a normal wooden pen also. I have been using one for a while and it really has held up well.

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That Corian is pretty snazzy, Fred. Where'd you get it?
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There are several places you can get it. It comes in 4"x4" samples. That is what I made these from. You can probably purchase them from any place that sells corian. Or there is a www.coriansamples.com website. The shipping is outrageous though.

Try the big box stores or kitchen stores if you are interested. I also know that you can buy blanks on ebay. But, you can't get exactly what you want. I like to buy the sample blocks and know what I am buying. The ebay sellers just have large lots and don't really label what they are....

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PT, very nice pens. I like the chrome and orange pen, nobody can mistake that pen for being theirs...

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Those are very nice pens. I didn't know corian came in those kinds of colors. Haven't been paying much attention to it. They should be pretty impervious to just about anything, short of a fire.
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Fred, those are great. Neat use of another material. Do you finish those similar to an acrylic?

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The finish is extremely easy. I wet sand it to 600 grit. Then a couple of coats of high gloss liquid wax. I then take them to the buffer for a coating of the stick wax.

Thats it. Much quicker than a wooden pen.

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Corian makes for some mighty pretty pens. Definitely unique. Does it come large enough to turn a bowl?

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Most everything I have seen is that the thickest it comes is 1/2" sheets. You could turn a bowl if you desired but I think that would be pretty expensive.

If you did it with just the 4"x4" samples, you would need a bunch. Each one costing $2.50. Or you could buy a 30"x144" sheet for $700. I just don't see it being cost effective to try to turn a bowl from it.....

Although it would be very pretty and unique!

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Corian makes for some mighty pretty pens. Definitely unique. Does it come large enough to turn a bowl?
There was an article in Woodturning Design Magazine, Issue #20 about turning stone (particularly bowls) if that's of any interest to you.

Looked like a lot of work and you need a few different tools.

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