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Dovetail Pen Turning #1: The adventure of dovetail pen turning begins.

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Blog entry by SNSpencer posted 12-30-2009 04:11 AM 2013 reads 3 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I turned a bunch of slimline pens as gifts for my coworkers. Now I am moving on to something more complicated. I know it’s a bit soon but I love learing new woodworking skills and the challenge of delving into the unkown. I will blog about my adventure of making a “Dovetail” pen here.

The first thing that I learned is how to do end on end dovetailing. More complicated than it looks to join two boards, end on end, flat. Not the usual 90 deg angle like in box construction. Since I am trying something new I made quite a few joints so that I have extra when I mess things up, which is bound to happen. So far I have three combinations of dovetailed boards with contrasting woods.
Padaukl and Maple
Maple and Walnut
Walnut and Padauk

After gluing up the joints I cut them down to “Pen Blank” size on the table saw. Found the centers and drilled the pen tube holes next. Got the tubes glued in and the ends squared. Now the adventure really begins on the lathe.

I got everything set up on the mandrel and started turning. Once I got the pen blanks round I just started to work away milling them down to size. I stopped the lathe midway through to check on things to find some “chip out” along the dovetail line. First lesson learned – Stop often and apply thin CA glue along the joint. Right now the glue is drying giving me time to write this blog… To be continued….

Once done I will post some project pictures with some of the steps.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet



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