This is the completed pen. I know you probably can’t see the camo but I thought that you guys would like it.
Blue Collar Woodworking #24: The most UNIQUE drill press table you've ever seen. Drill, Baby! DRILLLLL!
Some homemade jigs just have to be called what they are… stinking amazing. This week we come back from our summer break with a vengance. And the drill press is in our sights once again! We’ve completed the “Drill Im-press Table” by adding some unique bit storage, and some attachments that allow you to turn spindles, knobs, even pens without a lathe. Add that to the innovative X-Y sliding table and milling features, downdraft dust collection, and the microadjustable ...
This is a project I worked on where I took Sliver Filigree and worked it into a pen. The silver filigree was hand made 100%. I worked the filigree around the tube and then fixed it on to the tube. I then cast it in resin and turned as you wood any other pen. I learned a few things along the way. I did not pick a pen kit with enough meat on the bones so to speak for the tube. the filigree even as thin as I could get it was to tall and came through during the turning proce...
Hey guys! Back from the mountains (alas, too soon). First this quickie blog post about what happens when you order a pen turning mandrel without owning a lathe. Being a cheap skate, and a long-time reuse-recycle-minded guy, I of course built myself a wee lathe with all recycled parts: motor from an old printer (or photocopier, can’t really remember, I dismantled so many of both…), pulleys and timing belt also from reclaimed hardware, so for the bearings (hidden in the block ...
Finished up the first set of pen tubes for the Dovetail Pen endevor. Not worthy of a finished pen and now I will need to get a pen disassembly kit to salvage the parts. Oh well, I need one anyway. Problem: Since I don’t currently have a blank drilling jig the center holes were not perfectly inline with the line of the dovetail joint. This leads to pattern allignment issues on the finished pen.Solution: Looks like I will invest in a pen blank drilling jig or make one. (I need on...
If you’re a pen turner (or are interested in pen turning), the Rockler store in Williamsport, PA will be holding a pen turning seminar on August 22nd @ 1PM. We’ll be having a live demonstration and information session at the seminar which focuses on pen turning as an art and hobby to many woodworkers. We’re also allowing woodworkers to come in and showcase their pen turning projects (no commercial or sales activities please). This event is intended to be a networking oppo...
I found this video to be very informative. As a beginner turner, I can use as much instruction as I can get my hands on.
As Nils mentioned, the Goodie Box was on my doorstep yesterday. I wasted no time at all digging in and seeing what was in this Treasure Chest! WOW! This sure did G-R-O-W since it left Georgia, it’s packed full of stuff. I’ll get to the pics soon but first here’s a recap of the trip. Started with me in Woodstock, GA (5 Kits – 5 Blanks – 5 Pens)I sent it to jeffthewoodwhacer in TennesseeJeff sent it to Karson in DelawareKarson sent it to FrankA in New York...
Just wanted to share a good experience with Rockler. They’re getting some new pen kits in and I ordered a Jr. Gent in black titanium. When I received the kit I got a gold finish kit. The part number matched what the site had listed as the BT kit but the description said it was a gold kit. New item, slight mix-up, it happens. Rockler sent me a new kit and no charge and told me to keep the gold kit for my troubles! Always nice to get quick and courteous service these days. Th...
Out fellow Jock and Pen Turner Nils tells me the box has made it to him in California! He’ll get us some pics soon of the bounty he received. This is our final stop on this tour – after Nils it’s back to me in Georgia. We’re already prepping for Round 2 so keep it in mind if you’d like to join us. Here’s our updated map, we’ve really done some travelling!
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