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any one want to make wood, titanium, resin turning blanks

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got some titanium sponge crystal the other day, wondering if it could be cast with wood and resin for turning, here are some pictures of the titanium setting on a small block of wood. any body with thoughts on this

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How would you cut that stuff?
 

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not sure, hoping someone on here could offer up ideas, it can be broken into smaller pieces, such that it wouldn't be out in the area needing to be turned,
 

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im thinking a blank maple burl, with natural spiky face, cut a recess in the middle top to set in a piece of the crystals, cats over the top with transparent resin, then turn a sphere, with the crystal forest in the middle,setting on the wood surrounded by resin.

so imagine this with a crystal forest on the wood in the middle

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Yes. I am sure it would kill high speed steel tools. Only thing if it protruded slightly would be diamond whetstone type on a grinder or something. I was just wondering if anyone tried it yet? I saw no follow up talk.
 

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i was really looking for some one who could make me what i described in exchange for the remainder of a piece of the sponge

i could sell some, but was really looking for some one who could make a sphere as described
 

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I am ok with casting. I am not very far into lathe work. I would love to attempt the sphere but haven't done one yet. Was working on a flame box rolling pin when you answered. Have cast a few smaller items like flood coating a walnut countertop. Let me gather up some maple burl and try the sphere for my own entertainment and if I can satisfy myself on that we will see if you still got sponge left to play with.

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I am ok with casting. I am not very far into lathe work. I would love to attempt the sphere but haven't done one yet. Was working on a flame box rolling pin when you answered. Have cast a few smaller items like flood coating a walnut countertop. Let me gather up some maple burl and try the sphere for my own entertainment and if I can satisfy myself on that we will see if you still got sponge left to play with.

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You can cut titanium with carbide tooling, but doing it by hand on a wood lathe without coolant sounds painfully slow. I have used my carbide insert wood lathe tools to turn metal many times, but not taking a lot of material off. Plus the material properties between metal and hardened resin are so different that it could be tough to get a uniform surface and finish. Seems like a better job for a CNC lathe.
 

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You can cut titanium with carbide tooling, but doing it by hand on a wood lathe without coolant sounds painfully slow. I have used my carbide insert wood lathe tools to turn metal many times, but not taking a lot of material off. Plus the material properties between metal and hardened resin are so different that it could be tough to get a uniform surface and finish. Seems like a better job for a CNC lathe.
fully encased indie the resin would preclude need for any cutting of titannium
 
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