Turning slippery slope #12: Pen turning questions

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-25-2009 04:19 AM 2554 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The church services auction is this weekend so I thought I’d turn a pen to donate in addition to my cutting board.

This is my effort – raises a few questions for you all.

First, Miss Kitty says Hello.


OK – here’s the pen.


This pen is the European style from Woodcraft.

When you have a pen with a design like this – do you line up the design with the pen closed or open? I’m sure it’s probably a personal choice – but what are your thoughts?

When using a CA glue finish – how do you avoid getting a small ridge in the finish? I’ve tried using a very tiny bit of CA glue and a little bit more (3 drops) glue. I managed to get it good and smooth – but it took a lot of effort. What’s the trick?

Last but not least—- is there a 12 step program for turning?

Thanks all.

Oh – Miss Kitty says she’s out of here!


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 05:36 AM

The first step is admitting you are a pen turner.

My personal preference is to line up the grain when the pen is closed. If the pen is open, it is being used and you can not see the grain any way.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 01:29 PM

I agree with Trifern, I line up the grain when the pen is closed.
as to your CA finish question, I learned the technique from watching Russ Fairfield's video. Are you doing a CA/BLO finish, or straight CA?

nice looking pen by the way. Is that one of the new segmented kits that woodcraft is offering now?

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#3 posted 03-25-2009 02:49 PM

Trifern – that’s a good point. I think I’ll go with that thought.

Darryl – yes that’s one of Woodcrafts segmented kits. I bought two. This one I had no trouble drilling and it came out well. The second one did not go so well – the bit wandered a little.

I am using the CA/BLO finish. I watched the video also, just can’t figure out why I’m getting ridges. I don’t keep the cloth in one position – I keep it moving across the pen.

Thanks guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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