From the Workshop

September 15, 2010

Window to my workshop 43

What about polymer?


It is workable.

It finishes nicely.

Looks nice and of course it is impervious to most things except high temperatures.  It has dimensional stability.

But is it worth the trouble?
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  1. [...] recommend checking out this blog post from Karl Holtey. Be sure to get to the last picture…y-workshop-43/ Jim __________________ One cannot overemphasize the importance of good plane management. [...]

    Pingback by Milling polymer..... - North Carolina Woodworker — September 15, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

  2. Nice looking stuff!
    That’s not the finish direct from the tool though,is it?
    I really like your copy fixture,think I’ll be copying that for myself…
    By the way,in that last picture,you’ve got something stuck to your face.

    Comment by Adrian Baird Ba Than — September 15, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  3. Nothing gets passed you, Black

    I forgot to do the photo of the bun in the copying tool so went back and did one after it was finished. There is a lot of pictures missed out in the polishing as well, lot of work in the polishing.


    Comment by admin — September 15, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  4. Looks like an advertisement for a dust collection company.

    Comment by MIke — September 15, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  5. absolutely


    Comment by admin — September 15, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

  6. LOL. Love that last photo.
    Maybe some dust extraction ports near the job.
    Great work.

    Comment by Dan (from the love of wood) — September 16, 2010 @ 2:18 am

  7. Lovely knobs with great “figure”! I too love the copy tool! Maybe it is just the angle of the photo, but the tool overhang looks a bit large, but I am sure it is fine for the polymer.

    You don’t show how you get the knob onto the shaft that you hold in the ER collet on the lathe. Is there a threaded insert or bushing of some kind in the knob?

    Lovely work as always! And now you know how to make a great costume for Halloween!


    Comment by Brian Ogilvie — September 16, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  8. Is it worth the trouble? Karl, that picture of you covered in shavings answers the question, it’s absolutely classic!


    Comment by Steve C — September 17, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  9. Hi Steve

    Watch this space and I will show the polymer fitted to a plane and then tell me if you think it is worth the trouble. The purists however will settle for nothing other than wood.


    Comment by admin — September 19, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

  10. Hi B

    Thanks for your comments.

    Yes the overhang is large due to the template being a little on the short side and therefore it fouls the base of the tool holder. I shall need to make up a new template.

    The bun screws on to the threaded arbour matching the threads inside the bun. If you look at blog 44 and you will see some of the hardware for the handle and bun fixing.


    Comment by admin — September 20, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

  11. Hi

    It’s one of my round tuit jobs!


    Comment by admin — September 20, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  12. I am enjoying the blog, great to see the craftmanship.
    I was interested in that material (Polymer) which has a wood or horn? grain effect that you are using. Would you be able to point me in the direction of where to get some to try it out on musical instruments.

    Comment by kmbagpipes — November 3, 2011 @ 8:47 am

  13. Hi

    I purchase my polymer from these people You will also find them useful for ivory and ebony alternatives.


    Comment by admin — November 8, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

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