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...
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 const...
OK, I got my mini lathe, tools and a bunch of pen turning supplies. Started turning this last weekend to pump out some pens for the people at the office. I laid out my selection of wood and acrylic blanks on my desk and everyone chose their favorite. Of course, no one in the office knows what I am doing with them. Lets see how it goes since I am using this round to start the learning curve.
6 days, 7 more projects: To date:six pens, six rings, three stoppers, a bowl, garden waterer/composter, one secret geocaching project. and… one pen featured online at Grungezombie as a good fathers day gift idea, and one pen sold! not a bad week at all…Looking forward to a busy, but hopefully great week #3!
I was just mesmerized by the inlay pens at Kallenshaan Woods and with a bit of leather carving money in my pocket I decided to buy some of these kits. The fish and moonscape are my first 2 and are made for the Wall Street 2 style pen. I have an American Flag for a Majestic yet to start. I should have taken pictures of the pieces but here are the blanks glued up. I just filled in the gap around Saturn with black epoxy. When that dries I will add the sterling silver “stars” a...
We did it fellow Lumberjocks! The Pen Trade Roud 3 is complete!!! We’ve been all over the United States – DE, VA, FL, GA, KY, IL, MD, PA, NY, NH (whew!), MN, WA, CA and TN! Plus… a trip into Canada with a stop in Ontario.- We’ve been in the hands of 17 Lumberjocks.- WOW! Our goodies box has traveled over 8,600 miles!- The pen box was ‘on tour’ for 165 days in Round 3. (as of 03/28/09)- What started as 5 blanks, 5 pens and 5 kits brought us…...
Wow! Jeff’s got the box!!! Check out his blog entry here to see all the great stuff that was in the box. ~ Das Map After Jeff the box comes back to ME! Woo-hoo! ;-) I can’t wait to get this in and dig through this treasure chest. I looked back and saw the first post was 160 days ago – we’ve been ‘on tour’ for almost 6 months! Pretty cool. ~ STAY TUNED TO THE BLOG FOR MORE INFO ON UPCOMING SWAPS AND SWAP-RELATED EVENTS! ~ If you have no ide...
Wow! We had a super-quick turnaround from Matt and some really cool stuff added. He did a great write up on his takes and puts as well as some projects he did for the swap. If you missed it check that out here. I’m looking forward to getting my grubby hands on some of the wine barrel wood, I really enjoy turning wood with a story to it! ~ Le Map ~ For those counting the dots, we didn’t miss one… bigguy had to drop out due to some other commitments. We’...
Matt got the box today! We are really trucking along now… he’ll get us some pics up soon and said he’s got some nice Redwood he’s cutting up for blanks. ~ El Mapo ~
We didn’t even need to use a jump to get this one to its next destination! A quick trip across Washington state and the box will be in the hands of jimp. Jim is ready and waiting… After that we drop down into wine country to visit Napaman, then to rb765 in SoCal before heading beck East to jeffthewoodwhacker and dropping back to Atlanta! We’ll get this thing completed after all. :-) Here’s the map!
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