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Coffee and Cream Inlace Acrylester Pen Blank

Item #
39733
Rating:
44% of 100

"Coffee and Cream" blanks are made with real roasted coffee beans! Turning these blanks (carefully-the beans are brittle!) will fill your shop with the aroma of freshly ground coffee. Inlace Acrylester semi-translucent pen blanks have a pearlescent quality that will give your finished pens great depth when viewed in the light. Acrylester turns much like acrylic.


Features:
  • Blanks are 3/4" square x 5" long
  • For experienced turners using sharp tools
(1) Coffee and Cream Inlace Acrylester Pen Blank
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number PBIA90
Weight 0.1100
Discountable Yes
Length 5"
Width 3/4"
2.2 / 5.0
21 Reviews
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Smells good
Need to turn very carefully
November 24, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I thought this would be a...
I thought this would be a waste of money but it came out great and I made a profit.
July 18, 2010
The real deal
Challenging, but makes you want a cup from the smell alone
March 28, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Morning cup of Joe
Not easy to turn but if you take your time with very light cuts the results are beautiful.
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Added May 21, 2017
May 21, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Soft beans and hard acrylic makes...
Soft beans and hard acrylic makes for challenging turning. The key is to use very sharp tools and light cuts. Finished with Medium CA and wet sanding with Micro Mesh pads 30710.
August 17, 2011
tough
Had to buy two in order to make one pen, these are very sensitive to work with, even had hints from the Pros at Rockler, which is the only reason I was able to make it with 2 blanks and not needing more than that...The young lady I gave the pen to loves it! So the end reward was there but if you plan on making one, you might want to plan on buying two blanks for when one has an issue...
June 29, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Coffee bean blanks
Hard to work with, beans break off, but easy to fix with super glue.
Bought 4 blanks and 1 side of 1 blank was all white, no coffee beans on that side. See what it looks like after turning.
November 7, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very difficult to turn and finish.
i have turned these blanks before but these were particularly fragile. The white base is so much harder than the coffee beans that it chips very easily. Even with very sharp tools large pieces of blank break off while turning. Then once turned the coffee beans dust while sanding the blank leaving brown streaks on the white base. It takes several applications of thin CA glue to stabilize the beans to prevent this then several more coats of medium and thick CA glue to fill in gaps and build a smooth surface for finishing.
December 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Expected Better
Well as a woodworker a senior in high school I enjoy making pens but I wanted to go beyond my works and make something cooler, Something that a whole lot of people don’t see everyday. Something that will be worth while, Something worth a lot personally and materially. The purpose of the product was to provide a functioning pen that would not benefit me but benefit my father, Since he loves to drink coffee (gone sober of drinking by going to a group that offers coffee), And visiting him this past weekend one time a year. Look, there is no doubt that this pen blank looks amazing, It is more than just amazing it is a one of a kind blank that is not the same. The overall look of the product is already a masterpiece out of all my pens I have made I have never seen an amazing piece that can cause a lot of attention like acrylics.My personal favorite being able to smell the coffee through everything you can smell the actual beans through the process. There is no doubt that this pen is one of my personal favorites.
The main weakness of this product is the actual weakness of the product and constant breaking. This is one of the coolest pen blanks hands down but in general it’s not fun material to work with. This is weak material, I have never worked with material this fragile in my pen making career. In my 4 years of pen turning I have never seen a pen that breaks off so easily and so fast that I lost my brass tube to it, and lost my money when I could've bought a different item.When turning the pen the constant breaking of the beans kept annoying me because It soon led to the pens demise and having to break it start all over and have the same thing happen to me again.
As much as I love making pens there is a certain point that I can take and this is more of a stress inducer than a stress reliever. I was expecting to lose the stress only to be wrong and have more stress caused by this one pen blank. Never in my pen making career would I have thought that one simple looking pen would cause more than stress but a costing me more than I bargained for. As much as I am positive making amazing pens this pen sadly didn’t come out at all, Lost so much to one little pen, I had hopes, Others had hope only to had that hope ruined. And I wanted to complete it badly it wasn’t for me it was for my father it was to show how far I have come in his 7 years of being deported I wanted to show how I can become a better person in my work and dedication. And i wanted to make him this pen by showing how far he has come from his alcohol addiction I wanted to make him this because coffee is his substitute it's what saved him and changed him for the better. Overall I give this a ? it is worth the money if you play your cards right, but if not it's really not worth it and you're better off making your own more stable and you get to choose what coffee you put in it.
March 20, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Not for a beginner
Very delicate. Broke up on me when I tried to turn it but I am not experienced with a lathe or this type of product
February 4, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
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Goes with the coffee scoop.
Joe on Jan 1, 2016
Goes with the coffee scoop.
Joe on Jan 1, 2016
We have a friend who has a coffee farm in hawaii, and I make coffee scoops with these blanks and they make great gifts.
R W on Aug 21, 2015
We have a friend who has a coffee farm in hawaii, and I make coffee scoops with these blanks and they make great gifts.
R W on Aug 21, 2015
How do you clean this product after daily use, lets say as a coffee scoop? Are the beans always a concern?
Shelly M on Nov 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: First of all I want you to know that the product does chip out on turning. I would recommend finishing with wipe on poly(4 coats min) for protection. Another way is to put on a CA glue finish with multiple coats. Not sure you can find instructions for that though ..... maybe Craft Supplies ISA with their CA pen finish product. Good luck.