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post #1 of 15 Old 06-19-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Spalted pinecone!

I decided I would try to do a Flat Top pen in pinecone, a decidedly ambitious project considering the precision the kit calls for in the squaring and cutting of the blank. I got past the first problem of the extended tube setup by drilling an acrylic cutoff the exact depth needed for the tube and used that instead of trying to cut the blank precisely the right size and slipping the tube in. Stick the tube in the cutoff hole add CA to the remaining tube and seat it against the acrylic leaving the tube out.
I finally got the blanks on the mandrel after a fight with the bushings getting a good fit over the tube and started turning. Found the material quite punky and had to stop often to wet it down with CA to firm it up. After I finally got it to size and sanded with a CA coat and polish I was surprised to find spalting on the pinecone blank. Have a look...
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Spaulted pinecone

Looks like you done did good,beautifull piece

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I've got some large cones for a pen but I would love one with some spalting like yours.Looks great. That's probally a one of a kind.
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Look for cones that you can tear the tabs off with your hands fairly easily. I think thats where mine came from. Had a few that were getting a bit mushy from laying in the ditch.
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That looks beautiful! Now i'll have to start collecting pinecones!
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You did a great job on that pen. I love the pine cone turnings. I've never tried one, but I want to one day. Great job.
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mm pine cone turnings good job

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Very nice indeed. Great job.

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I've never seen a pine cone over here big enough to use for a pen!... perhaps I just haven't been paying attention!! I'm going to keep my eyes open now tho!!! Top job, beautiful pen!
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Very nice work. I never new you could turn a pine cone.
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Longneedle white pine has some really big cones. Thanks for the comments.
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That is so neat. I had no idea...
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Very nice. That turned out really well.

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Can you Give more step by step, I didn't quite understand the acrylic part with the tube. Maybe add some process pictures?
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Can you Give more step by step, I didn't quite understand the acrylic part with the tube. Maybe add some process pictures?
If you've done a flat top pen you will see what thats about. It needs a certain amount of tube sticking out and the blank a precise length to fit together properly. Tough to do with a lumpy chunk of pinecone.
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