Knobs

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.

This is “Alternative Ivory”, a plastic substitute for the real thing.
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Plain black Acetal also shines up well when sanded with Micromesh pads.
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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.
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Here is another rosewood from the same block.
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South African Ebony
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Black and White Ebony
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Walnut
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The woods do not seem to respond to sanding with grits finer than 600.

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One Response to Knobs

  1. Fred Balling says:

    Dave,

    altho you do great knobs of wood and alternative ivory, you might want to add stabilized horn and antler to your menu. I buy it raw in lots on eBay,mthen have it injected with resin. if you want to try some, I will send you a slug.
    Fred

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