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As The Lathe Turns #44: The Results Are In

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Blog entry by William posted 07-09-2013 at 06:43 PM 625 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Hooked On Pens Part 44 of As The Lathe Turns series Part 45: A Personal Challenge »


Several people expressed interest in how the blanks I glued up yesterday would turn out. Well, I had a very productive day today and turned all four of them.
So, let’s start just like we listed them yesterday, starting from the left and moving right.



This one is yellow heart with a center strip made of walnut and box elder.
I was extremely happy with this one. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much for my first time ever working with yellow heart. The blank, before turning, looked very plain. After turning it and smoothing it out in preparation for finish though, it gives off an unexpected brilliant glow.



This was my latest attempt at the celtic cross. It is done with box elder in purple heart. It was a success, sort of.
As far as technique goes, it is perfect as I have seen. The only thing I don’t like is the angle I used. This was done on a twenty two and a half degree angle. While it is done correctly, a steeper angle would open it up more and make it look much better in my opinion.
I am just thrilled over the top though that I finally glued one up correctly. I think I learned enough that I will be able to do the steeper angle without as many issues as I’ve had in the past.



Here is the long elliptical one in walnut and box elder.
This one was a failure. I turned it correctly and done everything as I should have, only to find out after pressing the pen together that the advance mechanism is malfunctioning. It will not advance. Instead of scrapping the pen completely, I pressed the advance mechanism out further so the pen point simply stays out, ready to write. I will use it as a shop pen.
I will be checking the advance mechanisms from now on before pressing them in.



Last but not least.
This one is red heart, box elder, and ziricote. If you remember, I was worried about this one blowing apart if it came near a cutting tool. I simply was not happy with the glue up. It wasn’t as tight as I would have liked. This morning though, I filled several gaps in it with glue and gave it a shot. In my humble opinion, this terrible glue up turned out to be one of the nicest pens I’ve done in a while.

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



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#1 posted 07-09-2013 at 06:59 PM

bravo william, you done good man, each one is wonderful, are you happy with the results…and did you see i wrote you and told you my pen arrived yesterday, its beautiful, you didnt mention that you read that, just want to make sure you know it got here safely…thank you again…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:02 PM

I’m soooo glad the wait is over…..
My “refresh finger” needs a rest!!!

They all came out great! Bummer on the “shop pen”, but it does look good!
My favorite is the “Last but not least” pen!!!

I know that you will keep experimenting, but ya done got this down….
You sir, make beautiful pens!!!

Carry on…..

-- 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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#3 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:06 PM

Thank you Grizz. Yes, I am glad you got the pen. I hope you or your friend, depending on how you decide to do that, enjoy it.

Randy, thanks. Now go put a bandage on that refresh button finger.

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

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:11 PM

A question about that “Shop Pen”.....

Would it be possible to remove the non-functioning mechanism and replace it with a properly working one???

-- 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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#5 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:18 PM

Yes and no Randy.
They make a punch set to remove parts. I don’t know how the punch set that Penn State sells is different than the punch set I own from my mechanic work days. However, here is the lowdown.
I have been able to remove parts to use for another pen. Everytime I do though, I ruin the finished blanks. So in this case, that kind of defeats the purpose. There may be a way to remove parts without damaging the pen body, but if it is, I don’t know how.

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:22 PM

I think they ball turned out well but the yellowheart is my pick. I have never seen yellowheart in person but it looks just like our mulberry. Does it have an iridescent shimmer?

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

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:54 PM

William…....another great batch…...I appreciate the fact that you’re not just turning blanks…..you are creating some really cool little works of art. I like the Celtic cross, and am curious what you come up with the other angles…

I might be dropping you a line here soon on a little idea I’ve been working on…..more on that later…

They all look great, and that’s the nicest shop pen I’ve ever seen…...

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

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 at 07:54 PM

william you have some beautiful pen s going there i like the celtic cross one.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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William

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#9 posted 07-09-2013 at 08:02 PM

Thanks Andy. Yes, the yellow heart has a shimmer on two opposite sides where the grain meets. I don’t know how to explain that better, but I think you probably know what I mean.

Jeff, now you have me interested to know what idea you’re bouncing around. Thanks for the compliment.

Eddie, thank you. The celtic cross is something I’ve been playing with for a while now. I think I have the problems worked out in my methods.

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

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#10 posted 07-09-2013 at 08:05 PM

All I can say William, is don’t stay up tonight hitting the refresh button (like Randy does)......no more info tonight…..it’s late!

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

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#11 posted 07-09-2013 at 08:14 PM

William, Let me know if you need any mulberry. I have lots (in log form/not dried) that I would be happy to cut up and send to ya.

Some of it has amazing grain when quartersawn (like yellow sycamore)

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

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#12 posted 07-10-2013 at 01:53 AM

All beautiful results William. Can you visualize how they will turn out from your original glue.up? I sure couldn’t.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-10-2013 at 05:30 AM

Jeff, I won’t do like Randy.
I think I can find enough to keep me occupied without have a marathon “refresh button hitting all nighter”.
We know Randy though.
He does it as an excuse not to go to his dungeun and start something else.
Isn’t he the self proclaimed world champion prcrastinator?

Andy, I always love working with woods I haven’t before. So I would, of course, love to try some mulberry. I hate sounding like I’m begging for wood though. Why don’t we wait until I’ve used up some of the woods such generous people have alrteady sent me? And until maybe I’m a little better financially to pay for the shipping?

Thank you Stefang.
I am getting better at visualizing what I want, and how to accomplish it. Still though, it is completely impossible to know for sure how one will turn out until you are complete with it. Sometimes what you think will appear in a design either simple doesn’t, or turns out to be something completely different than you originally thought.

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

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#14 posted 07-10-2013 at 05:47 AM

Your pen creations are incredible. Keep on, keepin on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#15 posted 07-10-2013 at 08:02 AM

That last one is a beauty, William!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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