The Saga of Pen #22

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Blog series by TheDane updated 08-10-2013 08:02 PM 3 parts 5435 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Day One

08-10-2013 07:51 PM by TheDane | 1 comment »

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 improved a bit, I became more confident. So much so that when the local AAW affiliate I belonged to back then undertook a commitment to turn pens for active duty troops serving overseas, I decided to step up to the plate and do my part. It was then tha...

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Part 2: Day Two

08-10-2013 07:59 PM by TheDane | 1 comment »

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 package into my end vise, and go after them with my pen mill. Note that the pen mill is a cutting tool, and must occasionally be sharpened. I sharpen mine about every 25 or so pens … sometime more depending on the stock my blanks were made of....

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Part 3: Last Day

08-10-2013 08:02 PM by TheDane | 4 comments »

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 handle) that can be used, but it got cracked at some point, and broke while I was just starting to assemble a batch of pens, so I knocked out the wooden spacers to get by until I could get a replacement. No local suppliers stock metric levers and knob...

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