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    Default Half Finished SN Gent Help Needed

    Hey All

    This is my first SN Gent wrapped with SWC python shedded skin casted in clear resin wet sanded to 1200g and finished with NP. Now I wasn't able to get the cap done ( after trimming the ends and putting it one the lathe the bushes weren't spinning true so I took it of and I noticed the ends weren't trimmed flat. I think this is due to the size of the cap compared to the the trimmer is there any suggestions so I can get the trimmer to fit inside the tube without going all over the place???

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    I use 7mm Corian inserts to fit inside the kit tubes that I want to mill the blank end square with the tube.
    Another way I have solved this problem is the place the blank between centers and use a parting tool to square up the blank ends with the tube.

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    Ian heres the two ways I square up my blanks avoiding having to use a trimmer.
    Firstly I use a simple sliding jig on disc sander (used to get the blanks roughly square only) once I have turned to size and prior to polishing or applying my chosen finish I use a transfer punch (as close to the internal size of the barrel as I can get ) set up as you see in the attached pics. The sand paper is attached to a piece of delrin/acetal which is fixed to an old MT2 pen mandrel. Hope this helps. BTW the transfer punches are available from either McJings or GPW.
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    I agree with Trev. I take the excess timber off the blank with the disc sander as shown and get it back to the end of the tube. That should square it up nicely if you have the belt sander set up. After applying CA I do the same thing and remove excess CA and square the blank on the lathe same as shown in Trev's photos. It works well and you will get close to perfectly square ends.
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    Default Re: Half Finished SN Gent Help Needed

    Hey guys

    Thanks for the info on this issue I will give it a shot tonight after work and see how I go many thanks for sharing and hopefully I can finish the pen tonight ;-)as will look #### hot with the cap ;-)

    Ian

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    Hey Ian,
    +1 for what was already said, but if you are really desperate and don't have transfer punches, an old drill bit that the tubes fits onto can be used, ( did it once but then bought the punches from Gary( the joy of a half drive away)
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    Default Re: Half Finished SN Gent Help Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Beedeejay View Post
    Hey Ian,
    +1 for what was already said, but if you are really desperate and don't have transfer punches, an old drill bit that the tubes fits onto can be used, ( did it once but then bought the punches from Gary( the joy of a half drive away)
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    Hey Ben

    Mate thanks for the info hey I will get some of those punches soon. Had a call from Ian (Dorno) today and we had a little chat about the issue which was good for me as I have never made such a chunky pen before so I have a simple solution to the problem now which wont take long to sort so thanks Ian for the phone much appreciated mate and thanks to u all for u input on this issue

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    Hey Ian,

    I have some sleeves turned up from black poly, that have a 1/4 inch hole in the centre, and the OD suits the tube, dead square every time, I can buzz a couple for you if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HazzaB View Post
    Hey Ian,

    I have some sleeves turned up from black poly, that have a 1/4 inch hole in the centre, and the OD suits the tube, dead square every time, I can buzz a couple for you if you like.

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    Hey Harry thanks mate I think I might take u up on that offer if u dont mind ;-) mate it's that done on ur metal lathe ???? OD I thought it would be ID

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    Default Re: Half Finished SN Gent Help Needed

    Ok so this what I am gonna do for a quick fix. A piece of eko deck with a 7mm tube glued in it then I will turn it down to fit inside the SN Gent cap ;-)

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    Default Re: Half Finished SN Gent Help Needed

    Saw me mate HazzaB at work today and he had something for me ) thanks mate works at treat just tested it out and it's a nice flush trim so will finish the cap off tomorrow after work ;-)

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    I'd throw away that barrel trimmer and use the techniques described above. You are asking for trouble with embedded/cast products. Trimmers get blunt quickly on these and will tear the ends, drag the cast products out, debond your resins etc. A blunt trimmer will also crush/drag end grain on plain timber pens too if not kept sharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dai sensei View Post
    I'd throw away that barrel trimmer and use the techniques described above. You are asking for trouble with embedded/cast products. Trimmers get blunt quickly on these and will tear the ends, drag the cast products out, debond your resins etc. A blunt trimmer will also crush/drag end grain on plain timber pens too if not kept sharp.
    Hey Neil

    Oh ok I have never had any trouble with my ones probably coz I sharpen them atleast once a week lol but until I have the right equipment they will have to do ;-) thanks for the info mate

    Ian

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