Checking is ok if you know you will be able to turn it out. Most times I have not had good luck doing that because you can't see the hairline cracks that sometimes go all the way thru. Since I am glueing a brass tube in them I don't like wasting time with cracks or checking. Most of the blanks I cut are at least 3/4 X 3/4 X 5 1/2. If I am doing a slimline I have some that are 1/2" sqaure and will be ok. For bigger pens such as Cigars or El Grandes I use the bigger blanks. Hopefully someone else will get in here.
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