I am getting down to the final details on the first two reels of my winter 2011-12 production. This week I am making knobs of a variety of materials.
Plain black Acetal also shines up well when sanded with Micromesh pads.
I also purchased several “stabilized” blanks meant for pen making. (Correction, 15 Dec.: These woods are not stabilized. I had looked for stabilized wood but did not find what I wanted.) I was able to machine these with the same HSS tools that I would use on plastic. This is rosewood.