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post #1 of 9 Old 11-20-2010, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Strange turning materials

I was at a woodworking store today and saw some corn cobbs selling for pens. What are some other materials that you can turn that are not wood?
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Saw a guy at a woodcarving show with some turnings a couple weeks ago - he had some really nice antler pens. He also had a few corian.

Some turners like to play with acrylics. I've seen coffee beans, coffee grounds, rice krispies - all sorts of things that people cast into a blank then turn it.

It's only limited by your imagination (and willingness to make a mess!).
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I've turned brass, copper and aluminum and lead. Acrylic, PVC, rubber and cork. Antler and bone. Tagua nuts and BAnksia pods and walnuts. I even turned a salt block once but won't do that again. I've turned soapstone and sandstone.
I know people turn alabaster and turquoise and pewter. I've seen a lot of things imbedded in epoxy or casting resins. These have included rattlesnake skin, coffee beans and pine cones.
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I've turned brass, copper and aluminum and lead. Acrylic, PVC, rubber and cork. Antler and bone. Tagua nuts and BAnksia pods and walnuts. I even turned a salt block once but won't do that again. I've turned soapstone and sandstone.
I know people turn alabaster and turquoise and pewter. I've seen a lot of things imbedded in epoxy or casting resins. These have included rattlesnake skin, coffee beans and pine cones.
Don"t tell the government that you turned lead.

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Can you turn mdf?
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Yes you can. I've turned MDF, Chipboard and plywood. Chipboard tears out bad. If you turn it be prepared to fill in a lot of holes. Of course it has so many pieces of wood it doesn't matter.
MDF is nasty to turn. Well nasty and great. It cuts clean and leaves a crisp edge. The dust is incredibly nasty and you have to seal it to get paint to take well.
Cheap plywood sucks. It has voids tears out bad and might come apart and kill you. Apple ply and cabinet grade plywoods are fun. They do dull tools rapidly but you can do some neat things.
Check out my friend Stephen Gleasner to see what can be done.
http://www.stephengleasner.com/Site/...%20Artist.html
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Cheap plywood sucks. It has voids tears out bad and might come apart and kill you.
lol, that would suck.
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Human bones. Just gotta be careful not to go too deep or you'll hit the marrow canals.



Kidding obviously.
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Short story. I read an article about turning bone. You had to boil it and scrape off all the meat. It was a lot of work and quite nasty. I turned some of it. It stinks really bad. That afternoon I was shopping and stopped in the new pet store. They had bones already prepared. I've been using those ever since. I use them mostly for accents now although I prefer Tagua nuts for those accents if they are small and don't have to be very strong.
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