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Bronze/Violet Acrylic Handle Blank

Item #
45067
Rating:
80% of 100

The generous dimensions of these shimmering iridescent blanks make them ideal for our Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit (#34360, sold separately), and our Pizza Cutter Blade Kit (#34913, sold separately). They also make great tool handles and turning stock for other projects wider than a pen blank.


Features:
  • Blanks can be finished after turning by sanding to a fine grit and then polishing on a buffing wheel with Corian® polish, buffing compound or Hut finishing blocks.
  • (1) Bronze/Violet Acrylic Handle Blank
    More Information
    Manufacturer Part Number WBIA02
    Weight 0.7000
    Tech Spec
    • Turns very quickly; take care turning with light pressure
    • Heartwood Color: Uniformly pale reddish brown or light tan
    Length 6"
    Width 1-1/2"
    Thickness 1-1/2"
    Blank Type Acrylic
    4.0 / 5.0
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    Old Guy
    These work well but keep your tools sharp and make very light passes. A bit time consuming but final products are beautiful. I lightly sand down to 320 or 400 and spend less than two minutes on the buffing wheel using red rouge compound. They come out with a glass like finish. I mainly use these for custom bottle stoppers .
    October 10, 2017
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Advanced
    Beautiful
    This was my second acrylester handle, and I will be ordering more. It is really cool stuff. Colors change as you look at it from different angles. Everyone I show it to is blown away. I found that the 2 main keys to successful turning of these blanks are 1) after rounding, increase speed (I used 2430 RPM) and 2) use sharp tools. Slower speeds and dull tools produce chips. Other tips: use a live center (like Rockler's 43472). My lathe had a "dead" center, which I started to use, then quickly realized that it was melting the acrylester...duh. I switched to a live center which worked great. Don't be aggressive. Be gentle. Trying to cut too fast will result in chipping. When sanding, try not to create too much heat. I found that if I wasn't constantly moving the sandpaper around, it created too much heat and caused tiny cracks in the surface of the acrylester. I used a DAMP Scotchbrite-type abrasive pad (equivalent to #00 steel wool) for the last step before polishing, which worked really well. I made a pizza cutter handle (for Rockler's 34913) and thanks to a tip I found somewhere, I placed the insert on the allen wrench and heated it up with a propane torch. Not SUPER hot, but hot, then quickly screwed it in (I drilled a 1/2" hole). This worked beautifully. Otherwise, I fear that it would have cracked the handle. The end result was a beautiful, smooth, shiny handle. I didn't have to fill anything with CA glue like some of the other reviews I've read about acrylester. Good luck!
    December 21, 2013
    Very nice color
    This stuff is beautiful when turned with patience. Color does very from blank to blank a lot. Some seem to be silver swirl buit most of the time they are gold color swirls. I use a sharp roughing gouge at about 2500 RPM moving alone at a good pace but tiny cuts. Once round I use a sharp skew to take it down to size. I finish the shaping with a smaller spindle gouge. Be very careful not to put to much pressure with tailstock as it cracks easy . I wet sand with light pressure at about 800 rpm with 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2500, 3000 the use friction polish. Keep it wet. Cons: Very brittle
    This pc had more gold than normal but was beautiful.
    This pc had more gold than normal but was beautiful.
    July 24, 2016
    don't waist your time.
    to much of a pain to turn, don't waist your time.
    May 9, 2015
    Purchased
    over 4 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
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    Kevin h on Apr 2, 2019
    they make the best handles, need more different colors.
    H U on Jun 15, 2015
    Colors
    Kevin h on Apr 2, 2019
    The color combination. I'll actually be using this for custom made bass drum beaters.
    Raymond F on Jul 20, 2017
    they make the best handles, need more different colors.
    H U on Jun 15, 2015
    The color combination. I'll actually be using this for custom made bass drum beaters.
    Raymond F on Jul 20, 2017