I’ve had a couple of questions as to what I use for finish on my pens. So, I thought I’d post a small process flow.
I didn’t do the drilling process because the batteries died, so this is the lathe process.
I’ve purchased a couple of new lathe pen making tools, and I got a new Lathe chisel for my birthday. So this is the first time on this lathe. And the first time with these tools, but I’ve used the finish before.
I got a new Carbide Lathe tool. I saw them being used at the Woodworkingshow and my son David was using it and he was doing a great job. Since it was his first time I figured that the tool would be easy to use.
It a Ci3 chisel by Easy Wood Tools. it was sold by Craft Supply. It cost around $80.00 if I remember correctly.
It got a carbide circle tip that can be rotated when it becomes dull.
The new pen Mandrell is from Penn State Industries it cost $30.00
The new tail stock is also from Penn State, it cost $15.00
Here is the pen in position. Notice you don’t use the threaded piece on the mandrell anymore with this tail stock. The pen mandrell fits into the tailstock and it compresses the bushings and blanks tight together.
I started making a set of sanding papers. It currently has 10 grits form 80 grit to 1500 grit. 5 of them are regular sanding papers and the 5 finest are the wet and dry version.
I cut them in strips and clip them in order with a clip. I then use them to sand in order and don’t jump any grit, or get them out of order.
The finish that I use is also from Penn State.
I bought mine about 6 years ago and it has sure gone up in price since then. The finish is imported from Australia, at least the advertisement states that.
The Shellwax liquid is a shellac and Carnuba wax emulsion. It makes the figure in pen blanks really pop. Shellac is known for that. I put a little on a piece of paper towell and wipe it all over the blank while it is not turning. I turn the lathe on and polisdh the blank with the shellac piece. Afer a minute I put some more on the towell and do it again.
I then take Shellwax cream and put a little on another piece of the paper towell and wipe the whole surface of the stopped blank. I turn it on and polish the blank. I turn the lathe off and do it for the second time.
I then use a 2Ton bearing press (I know over kill) but it sure is easy, to press the parts together for the pens.
The ring is pressed on.
Then the tip is pressed on.
And then the retractor is pressed in.
Here is the completed pen.
It’s made from Mango from Hawaii and is currently available.
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