As The Lathe Turns #60: Pens And Tools

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Blog entry by William posted 11-15-2013 12:15 AM 1557 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make my son’s karate teacher a nice pen. I was thinking about what to make it out of to set it apart. He seems like the type of guy, to me, who would appreciate something simple, yet different.
I remembered that I had been wanting to turn a piece of bamboo that was given to me and thought it was quite fitting for a karate instructor.
I presented him with this pen Wednesday night before the class started, and he really liked it.

This one I done because it was a special request.
It is a .45-70 shell casing done with deer antler.

Since getting it, I have been cleaning tubes out with my nifty little tool I got from Penn State. It usually does a great job. However, every now and again, I have a pen tube that simply turns out to be a mess. I can’t really explain why. I think it’s just that while working with CA glue, I opt to leave a mess in the tubes if I have the choice of that or getting it all over my fingers. Then it dries and has to be cleaned out. On really messy clean outs, the tools doesn’t do so great. The single flute design just doesn’t do the trick and I start missing my old quarter inch drill bit that I used to use before acquiring this tool.
That old drill bit I had taken a sander to and had it so it just slipped into a seven millimeter tube. It done the job good.
So I started thinking. Why couldn’t I use my old drill bit on these extra messy situations? All I had to do was go pull it out of the drawer I had thrown it in and go back to using it. However, I’d also gotten a little spoiled having a comfortable handle on this tool. It is so much better than grabbing the drill bit with a pair of channel locks like I used to.
So there was only one answer to this problem.

As much as I liked the oak burl handle on my other tool, I did not have another piece that was not too good, in my opinion, to be used as a tool handle. So while looking for a good piece of wood for a handle, I remembered a left over piece I had from butchering up a block of rose wood for bowls. It was a short piece with the grain running across it instead of the length of it. This tool will not be subjected to a lot of prying force though, so it would work well for this application and look nice too.

So now I have more options when it comes to cleaning out those tubes.
Untill next time, happy turning!


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#1 posted 11-15-2013 12:32 AM

Well done. Love the look of deer antler, hate the smell. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 03:29 AM

The bamboo pen is surely a fitting gift.
What kind of bamboo is it? plyboo? flooring?

Rifle deer season is starting here in Vermont. I’m thinking there are a lot of hunters that would love the antler bullet pen!

Great job on the pen tube reaming tool. Gotta love good looking tools, especially when you made them yourself.

Please, carry on…

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

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#3 posted 11-15-2013 01:01 PM

Those are way nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 12:47 AM

Thank you all.

Randy, the bamboo was a gift from a fellow Lumberjock. I’m not sure, but it looks like a piece of bamboo flooring.


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#5 posted 11-17-2013 09:29 PM

Looks like you are still having fun William.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 01:36 AM

Trying to Dave.
You have messed up buying as lathe though.
This stuff is too addicting.


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