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post #1 of 3 Old 05-26-2011, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Turning Kentucky Coffee Bean

Hey guys. Just started making pens and posted about PSI a couple days ago. So far, I have made one out of Pauduk, Curly Maple, and a couple of Acrylics. No problems until today. I have gone through 3 blanks of Kentucky Coffee Bean. It is a hard wood with some soft qualities. It is certainly not hard maple. Each time I get to the final dimensions with the skew, it blows up and back to square one. Has anyone had any luck turning this wood? Also looking for ideas on another woods that look great on a turned pen.


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Try diagonal cut cocobolo or diagonal cut bocote...both very striking in a pen (IMHO).

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Ditto on cocobolo. It looks amazing on small pieces like pens and bottle stoppers. Samples attached. A pleasure to turn but a pain to sand due to oily nature. Turn well and you won't have to clog up much sandpaper.

Watch out for bocote. I learned the hard way that I have a severe skin allergy to the stuff.

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