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  1. werewolf won

    werewolf won TANSTAAFL Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Tried some BP accessories turned on the lathe from antler and bone. Both polish up nicely. The antler looks like ivory and the bone almost looks like plastic rather than a natural material.

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  2. Uncle Duke 520

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    Very well done! 'Dem Bones, 'Dem Bones....
     
  3. werewolf won

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    Thanks. The antler was not that hard to turn but the bone was pretty intense. I picked up a big dog chew bone that was either cooked or soaked in some kind of broth. I cut it into pieces with a hack saw and soaked and scrubbed away the varnish like finish from the exterior and marrow from the interior. It was like turning stone, the tools either skipped off the surface or dug in and chipped out chunks and flakes of material. I imagine a fresh bone might be a lot easier to work with.
     
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    I have worked dog bones before and had better luck shaping them with files and different grits of sandpaper.
    I like your work especially that measure. I have a fish mouth shaped horn measure for my .36. It throws about 32 grains of powder.
     
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    Ya done good young fellar. joe
     
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    I was finding the same thing and switched from a gouge to a bastard file to get the bone rounded. I switched back to wood working lath tools but in hindsight I should have stayed with a half-round and triangular file and sandpaper.
     
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    Green bone will gum up tools, but it polishes up nice.
     
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    dem dry bones. nice ...
     
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    cyanoacrylate glue comes in 3 consistencies

    the regular stuff we normally find and call SuperGlue is the medium

    there is a thinner version that can be used for penetrating/stabilizing material and a thicker version that can be used for gap filing

    all 3 are virtually clear and will poish nicely w/ fine sandpaper

    i have successfully used the thin for stabilizing materials like bone antler and some of the more porous woods and other materials

    once bone and antler have been stabilized they are much easier to turn w/ cutting tools

    i had some good results using bee's wax on a coarse brown paper towel for final polishing

    while turning at speed rub the wax up against the work(melt n transfer) then burnish w/ the brown paper towel

    your work looks like you are having fun

    just make sure you wear good breathing protection

    the bone & antler can be really hard on you much harder than wood
     
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    Really nice pieces. Thanks for the pics and info.

    More projects for the list... :rolleyes:
     
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    I have seen some You Tube videos on CA finished stuff, it is an impressive method. I’m looking for a traditional look on my BP accessories so I’d most likely stay away from that CA material for these, but I do see myself using it on other projects.
     

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