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As The Lathe Turns #35: Used Ideas On New Pens

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Blog entry by William posted 05-27-2013 12:23 AM 1174 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 34: The One Piece Part 35 of As The Lathe Turns series Part 36: Good To Be Back »

I went into the shop today just to fiddle around a bit. I decided to try some things I’d done before, but now on the one piece pens that I done from yesterday.


The first pen I done today was zebra wood. The one I done a few days ago with the grain run across the pen looked so nice that I wanted to try out the one blank I had with the grain running the length of the blank.
While it is a nice enough pen, I think it pales in comparison to the one I done before.




Next, although I haven’t exactly gotten it down to a science or anything, I enjoy working with the process for celtic crosses. I have yet to have one turn out exactly like I want it too, but they always seem to be nice enough to be keepers anyway.
This one I tried to make special because it is for the wife of a friend of mine. This one has five layers of very thin strips sandwiched together to make the material to glue in the blank.
I ripped very thin layers of mahogany and maple on my band saw and glued them up into one continuous strip and allowed to to dry while I was working on the zebra wood pen. Then, every change I got, I would stop on the first pen and make a cut in the blood wood blank to insert and glue the material into this pen.
The idea here was to have four circles glued in at a forty five degree angle, one on each side of the blank. I have been having trouble with getting things working right past two inserts while cutting almost all the way through the blanks. So on this one I cut completely through and glued three pieces, the two parts of the blank and the insert, allowed to dry, then moved to the next.
This did not work right either. By the time I got two insert layers in, the lines were off. I thought about scrapping the whole idea on this one. I instead though decided to use the third layer of insert material to break up the misaligned lines and glue it in straight across.
I have yet to get the look I’m after with the celtic cross, but I’ll keep trying. I know the process and how it is supposed to come together. Sometimes though things are easier said than done.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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Dave

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 12:42 AM

Nice job William. I will be headed over there in the morning to check out all the new marble machines. Get the coffee hot. Betty will love the pen. You have done a fine job.

Again.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 01:05 AM

I like all of the one piece pens but the cross grained zebra is very special.

How does the mechanism work to advance the point in the one piece pens?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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William

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 01:13 AM

Thanks Dave.

Andy, you turn the nib (the pointed metal piece near the writing point) just as you would turn the bottom barrel on most trim line pins. The one piece works the same. The upper tube is glued in, the lower tube is not. The lower tube has the nib and mechanism pressed into it and then inserted into the glued upper tube.
I hope all that makes sense.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 01:14 AM

Very nice William…...I’m interested as well in Andy’s comment…....how does the ink meet the paper? Cool pens for sure….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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JL7

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 01:15 AM

Ok – you posted like 2 seconds before my question….:)

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 02:00 AM

good to see you working new areas

i too like the one piece ones

keep them coming
you are definitely on to something

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 02:27 AM

That’s kinda what I thought.

Have you done any mechanical pencils?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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William

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 02:29 AM

Thanks Jeff and David.

Andy, I have only done the twist style pens. I’m hoping to one day sell some of these so I can afford to try some new things. Presently, the el-cheapo slim line kits are my choice means to get practice.
So far I have sold a grand total of one pen.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 02:31 AM

Your pen sales are about the same as my box sales! We need to hire a marketing person. Just look at us: would YOU but something from us?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 02:33 AM

great work

-- Norman

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#11 posted 05-27-2013 02:34 AM

That’s an ongoing problem of mine Andy. I’ve always been a good maker and doer, but never a great salesman.

Even when I done mechanic work, I stayed in the shop and let others talk to customers. Most of my former bosses thought I didn’t need to be around customers because I wouldn’t lie to them and try to upsale them on anything. It just isn’t in my nature.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 05-27-2013 02:41 AM

Yeah I hear ya. My tag line is on the license plate holder of my practice vehicle. I think I’m NOT a “people person”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 05-27-2013 02:43 AM

William & Andy,
I’d buy a pen &/or box from you guys….
Then again, I do shop at HF!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 05-27-2013 02:55 AM

Another nice pen, William
Andy can make fancy pen boxes, you put the pens in them and sell them as a set.
Randy has a lot of time on his hands – he can market them.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 05-27-2013 03:09 AM

great looking pens ,love the celtic one ,i dont know how to sell stuff either i sell chairs and benches but aint nobody getting wealthy here if i make a couple 100 im happy and sometimes its a little more some times 0 …........i heard of starving artist wood worker plow a pretty hard row too i think

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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