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acrylic tear out

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Mike Mortola, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Mike Mortola

    Mike Mortola

    Jul 14, 2012
    Location (City & State):
    salem ma
    I have tried to make slimline pens with acrylic blanks. One came out good the other 2 ended up with tear outs. Is this happening because I am using CA glue
  2. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

    Apr 26, 2004
    Location (City & State):
    Cookeville TN USA
    I don't know what your experience is but usually when I get tearout on acrylics or plastics it's because the tool isn't sharp enough or I'm forcing the cut by pushing the tool too fast for the speed the lathe is turning. When your cutting plastics correctly it's pretty silent with just shavings coming off. when your forcing the cut it's kind of noise and chips out.

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