This is assembly day … one by one, I assemble and test the pens. I use a pen press I bought a couple of years ago from Grizzly. Note the numbered wooden blocks being used for spacers. This pen press actually has a Bristol Lever (ratchet h...
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Location: Bay Settlement, Wisconsin
Amateur wood-worker ... building furniture, turning, making sawdust and firewood since 2005.
Retired in 2012 ... now a full-time grandfather and devoted Packer fan.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"
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The first order of business is to clean up the ends and mill the blanks. Here, another jig comes into play. The polyurethane glue oozes out and bubbles on each end, so I load three pens (6 blanks) at a time into my little milling jig, clamp the pa...
The first time I turned a pen, I think it took me a little over three hours. That was in a class with 11 other students and a very patient instructor (THANK YOU, Duane Hill). The next couple of pens went a little quicker, and as my skills impro...
Our local turning club has a raffle every month where club members bring in wood, tools, etc. to be raffled off. Last fall, I ‘won’ a large piece of ash that still had the bark on it but was already pretty dry. I Anchor-sealed it, p...
The glued up blank and bottom sat in the clamp overnight and we are ready to turn. I used my carbide R2 cutter to rough out the inside of the bowl. I switched to a bowl gouge to clean up the inside and sanded it with my self-powered sander. ...