In this part I’m intending to finish the cigar pen I started last time. I’m going to add a bloodwood accent to the writing end of the pen.
To do this I took a bloodwood scrap and drilled the center. I then took a spare brass tube put it on the pen mill and squared one end to the hole. This allows the part to mate seamlessly to the piece on the tube.
Next is cut off a short piece to glue onto the tube. I am using a clamp to keep my fingers away. I probably could have cut this one a bit shorter.
Here is the cutoff.
Now I glue it back on with CA and then use the barrel trimmer to trim down to the tube and square the end. Then everything goes back on the lathe.
Next I carefully turn the piece back to round. I’m using a 3/8 spindle gouge and normally work fairly quickly until I’m close to the bushings.
Next you turn it down to to where it is slightly proud of the bushings. By slightly I mean that I allow enough material to be removed when I sand that the ends are flush with the bushing. Each bushing represents where the part will mate when you press it together. As you get close you also want to get as smooth a finish as possible. One day I will master the skew and not have to worry about it.
Below are some of the items I use for sanding and finishing. The sandpaper strips is available from most suppliers and has grits from 150 to 400. I’m using Mylands friction polish. I have the sanding sealer out but not using it on this pen. Also, is one of Don’s recommended turning items Shellawax finish. It is a wax with grit in it that is used prior to using the friction polish.
The next step is to sand the pen. This is done while the lathe is spinning. I start with 150 grit sandpaper and work to 320 on this pen. Then I switch to micro mesh and continue up to 3500 grit.
Then I coat the pen with Friction Polish and using a paper towel buff it until it gets hot in my fingers. This sets the polish. On this pen I used two coats.
There are a number of ways to press the parts of the pen together. You lay the parts out according to the instructions and press them together on by one. I’m using a pen press from Woodcraft, but there are many ways to do this that do not require a commercial tool. This includes a bench vice, clamps or your drill press.
Here is a closer view of the press in action.
And one of the pen in it’s case.
I encourage everyone who has a lathe to give this a try and those of you considering the purchase one more reason to consider it.
My intent with this pen was to see how the Texas Ebony looked and turned and not so much the pen itself. I really liked the way the wood looks and turns. When I turn pens with wood with intersting grain or figure I normally will use a larger model of pen. This way I can show off the wood. I’m planning to gets a few board feet next time BlueStingRayBoots mills some.
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