BEFORE I START, IF YOU READ THIS, AND CAN OFFER ADVICE ON IMPROVING THIS WITHOUT BUYING ANYTHING OVER $25, I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR ADVICE. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!!
I bought some clearance pen blanks from Rockler (Pau Ferro, Indian Rosewood, and Cherry, I think).
Not having any “larger” tools or super-fine precision tools (band saw, table saw, router table, etc.) I decided I would begin the adventure the “backwoods” way.
I Started by laying them together, checking to see what orientation fit best for each piece. In hindsight, I now know I should have sanded each piece individually first to get a nicer layout.
Then I put the setup in a shoebox, put woodglue between all pieces, and tightened with rope (I know, bad idea) as I didn’t have any clamps but “A” clamps. Not pictured, but I wedged the woodglue bottle on the right side to add additional pressure.
After glue….not bad for winging it, i guess…but still looks pretty rough.
Sanded, coated with mineral oil, then wiped off excess with cotton rag.
Not bad, I think with clamps and pre-sanding, the next piece might look nice…
BY THE WAY, on the bottom right of this picture, there are some grooves in the wood. I tried to sand these down, but they didn’t want to go away? Why did this happen?