Various shenanigans #9: I thought this was supposed to be fun!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 11-06-2013 10:02 PM 1500 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Life has been too busy… and the woodworking I have been doing has not been very fun at all.. more like a second full time job.

I spent that last 2-3 months getting ready for a show this past weekend. It went … ok. Then when I got home and unpacked, I got a message from a corporate contact who… (I was talking to a month ago but I could not produce exactly what he wanted) and now they are in a bind and don’t have any other options than to settle for what ever I can do. So I have 25 pens due for this coming Monday. And another show at the end of Nov as well. Sighhhhh…. Im done doing shows. This is going to be my last one. They are not worth the time and effort I put into them and the weeks of stress they cause. BAhhhhh.

Other than all that stuff… I have proof my wife’s cats hate me.

AAHHHH… get off my bench!!!!

So here is my first experience with hot hide glue…

I used it to try and glue up this cherry and maple chess board..

But I failed. In fact I tried it twice and failed both times. So… soon I am going to make a press.

After all the failures I decided to do something a little smaller..

I used my unfinished moxon as the press..

And it worked out perfectly..

Then I used a skew block plane to recess the top edges so I could install some birdseye maple mitred trim..

I decided to put on a few coats of shellac before cutting the lid off.

Now that the lid is off I can work on the inside of the box, and once I have it done I am going to use tried and true as the finish of the sides of the box, then I will buff out the top and polish it. I am thinking of making into a really cool fountain pen box like the one I saw on this side a while ago… one to house this pen in particular..

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 10:29 PM

Well done! a beautiful lid and a nice box too. Your perseverance really paid off.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-06-2013 11:46 PM

Nice one Jeremy.
You realize you can’t go back once you get hooked on hide glue. ...... :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 02:11 AM

you didn’t fail, you just discovered to options that don’t work!

The third turned out amazing except it makes me want to cross eyed. that must have been fun to work on!

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 02:16 AM

I also could not get the hot glue quite right, I just gave up. When you get into production turning and money in a hobby it soon becomes a job.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 02:54 AM

I told my wife to get me a glue pot for Christmas… if I don’t order it for myself before then..

Tom.. I know.. production turning sucks, its boring mostly.. I would rather spend 5 hours making a pen blank like the one above, and then turning it, or segmenting a pen blank.. something fun, exciting and skill challenging. But hey.. its help pay for the all the new hand tools that I want.

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 02:58 AM

The box top really looks three dimensional. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and the pen is spectacular. I hate doing shows too. Few people really appreciate to work you do a nice box or well turned bowl and view what you do as a craft item, not to diminished the crafters, but they basically take ready made materials and make them into something. That’s pretty much how I see making pens. The woodworking is minimal. But at the same time, I sell more pens that anything else, because they are affordable and people can actually use them. They really like that we can laser engrave names to personalize them. I have to admit turning pens is fun because you can finish one in a very short time.

Nice work Jeremy

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 03:35 AM

Thanks Doc. I know what you mean… some times I feel like the less effort people put into their stuff the faster it sells. I also agree with your pen statement. But again.. I too sell more pens than anything else. Sometimes I make a pen or two during the process of making one of my larger items.. just to get the feeling of accomplishment, as some of my projects can take me a few months to complete. Also, when I make a pen for the sake of making a pen.. its usually segmented, cast or something like that to keep it interesting, fresh, new and a learning experience.

There are a few people that I like meeting at the shows though.. ones that engage in conversation, ask about the process, and can appreciate the work that goes into it. They are the ones that usually go after the 1 of 1 segmented and cast pens.

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 04:30 AM

Well done Jeremy. I like the box lid very much and the watch parts pen is cool.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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