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Stylin' Stylus: aka My Pen Blog #2: My "Turn" at Bat....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 01-30-2014 01:23 AM 616 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had the pleasure of watching fellow LJ’er William learn the art and techniques of turning. He has produced some amazing pens, that someday I can only hope to emulate.

Upon seeing his early pens, I had a thought of a pen without a center band. Sure enough, he posted one and has made several since then. To see his turnings & pens, one must read thru his As The Lathe Turns blog...

You see, I’m not a fan of the skinny center band with two bulging “ellipses”, as I prefer a more slimming figure…
I did however turn the obligatory obese pen….

I also turned one that some may want to call anorexic….

I wanted to turn a pen, without a center band interrupting the flowing grain. Surely, William can coach me along this (base)path. Silly me never did ask William for any insight, so I set out to blindly experiment.
I believe I did a few things correct and also learned a few things, that I will try to incorporate into my next band-less pen.

Here are the pictorial results of my first experiment….

Remember please….

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Look with a critical eye….

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Be honest….

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&/or Don’t be shy with praise and accolades!!! ;^)

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The pen is made from reclaimed hard maple (gym flooring). Thanks Jeff (JL7)!!!
Dressed with a PSI Gold Funline Kit.
All topped off with a BLO/CA Finish.

Here is a shot of my inspiration….

I got the mini-bat from the Louisville Slugger Factory in Kentucky. That was an awesome tour, to see all the production lathes, churning, err turning out bats for the MLB!!! I didn’t know four years ago, when I took the tour, that I too would be turning out bats!!! :^)

A few more disturbing images….

A few “firsts” were attempted with this project….
First band-less pen….
First Baseball Bat (kinda)....
First (successful?) CA finish!!!

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my latest work.

Well, it is time for you to offer “critique, criticism & comments”....
Go ahead, Take a “swing” and “Hit” me with your best shot!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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sras

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 01:52 AM

Excellent idea – I think you hit that one out of the park! (Sorry couldn’t resist ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 01:59 AM

Glad you approve, Steve!
I kinda thought it was a good idea.
You just confirmed it.
Thank you.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 02:27 AM

That is very cool for sure….I think you hit the big leagues…..now you need to pick up a piece of ash, to really make it authentic …...

I think it will be a “hit”....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Mip

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 02:42 AM

You did a good job with this pen, although Hillerich and Bradsby uses ash, not maple. A Canadian company uses maple for their bats. Go figure. Go Tigers.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 03:04 AM

That’s a cool looking pen BUT I wonder if it should be swapped end for end? ie put the handle end of the bat at the top of the pen.
Not a criticism, just a comment.
Carry on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 03:10 AM

Jeff,
Yeah, I like a nice piece of ash….
I’ll even settle for a nice piece of wood!!!

Thanks, buddy.

Mip,
Thank you for the compliment it is much appreciated.
Yes, ash is the standard, but hickory is also used & as you pointed out, some bats are made from maple. Maple isn’t the first choice though, do to it’s propensity to shatter! Heads up!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 03:19 AM

Thanks for dropping’ in Andy.
I contemplated that very thought!
I went with this orientation, for two reasons….
1) When writing with the pen, the bat will be held by your fingers, just as if being gripped by your hands.
2) The pointy tip (IMHO) would detract from the lines of the bat.

Ya never know though….
I’ve got a few “improvements” I will be experimenting with.
Maybe version 2, 3 or 63 will be reoriented!!! Time will tell.
Thanks for the honesty….
That is what I asked for & I appreciate it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 10:50 AM

Very nice.
The band less pen isn’t hard to do at all is it? I prefer pens without the center band as well.
I think I remember a long time ago that the possibilities are endless.
My only suggestion to make the bat pen better would be to make the wood one long piece.

Measure and cut the blank long enough for both tubes after squaring ends.
Carefully drill all the way through and make sure the ends are square.
Glue one tube in the cap end.
After the glue dries, insert the other tube in the other end without glue and put the blank on the mandrel.
Turn and finish pen.
Press cap into end of pen with tube glued in.
Assembly nib into there tube. In the other end of that tube press the advance mechanism in the correct depth so the refill extends out of the nib properly when advanced.
Now press the nib end assembly into the turned pen.
The pen will work by holding the nib and turning the while pen body.

If I didn’t explain that well enough let me know. I could get on my laptop to post a link to an article on the one piece pen with pictures.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 12:57 PM

Yeah, once I sat down and thought about building a band-less pen, complex it was not!

Hmmm, now you have me thinking….
Which can be very dangerous!

You must have explained it well enough….
I was able to understand completely!!!

Thanks for giving me insight into V 0.2 of the Bat Pen.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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