First "turned" pen

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 10-05-2014 10:16 PM 1365 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greg at Oregon Burls posted a Facebook “person to guess closest to the weight of this burl gets a couple of pen blanks” entry. So I assumed a spherical lump of uniform density, did a little ¾πr<sup>3</sup> action, and nailed it. But I don’t have a lathe, nor did I invest in the fancy long drill bit, so this is a jig to rotate the block on the milling machine, some sanding, and the guts from a mechanical pencil. Got a few measurements hilariously wrong, but I think I kind of like it overall…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-06-2014 12:18 AM

Way to go. I love it…..... turning on the mill!!

What kind of mill do you have??

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 12:46 AM

That is awesome! I love making pens…with a lathe it is much easier…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 01:38 AM

Jim, I’ve got a “Central Machinery” mini mill. I got it for a project that didn’t happen, before I knew how to really use a router, but it’s actually a great way for kids to do router like cuts, or do router like stuff on small parts.

I think I’m going to rebuild my jig to have a movable headstock (rather than two pieces of wood screwed to the end of another piece, with holes for bolts in each), and a better chuck than pushing a 3/8” bolt in from one side and a 1/4” bolt in from the other and kinda hope it holds…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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