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jumps

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nev":fgykgsx4 said:
you may wish to insert this.. 'don't' :wink:
=D>

on the other hand I haven't found a square tree yet #-o, or put another way pen blanks are what you make them (unless you buy them :idea: )

square'ish do chuck a little easier/more securely though
 

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looks even more suited to a square blank than my chuck!

my lathe beats my drill press hands down for drilling (1mt drill bits direct in the tailstock mainly) as well :(
 

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Hi All

I daren’t show you a picture of blanks that I use. Often they are half a small branch sawn in half along the grain. I then ‘trim’ the flat section so that it has 3 sides and an automatic curve following the rest of the branch. Some timber, especially box, I just take a small branch and drill down the centre as there is no appreciable pith and the wood is so dense anyway.

Phil
 

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2nd in from the right is a bit of box, sawn through the middle and the 2 sides cut off to form three sides and a curved top. Ring any bells :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I too do that quite often Phil..
 
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