|Project by Nathan H.||posted 05-03-2014 02:25 PM||1254 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This is my first attempt at turning pens. The woods are black walnut and Osage orange. Finished with CA. The kit is a Bright Copper Slimline on both pen and pencil.
They are intended as a gift for a nephew that is graduating high school in 2 weeks who’s school colors are black and gold. (hence the “black” walnut and yellow Osage) I have another nephew graduating the same day from the same school so I will hopefully have another set turned in a couple days.
This was fun! it was also a little frustrating at times. I had an issue where the drilled hole for the brass tube was too big or i didn’t let the CA set up long enough inside when i glued it in, but when i tried to mill the blanks down the brass got hot and stuck to the mill. This happened on half of the blanks i made. Thankfully i was able to sand them down and re-glue. These blanks were from a group of shorties that i bought from eBay for real cheap (about 10 cents per blank), and instead of trimming them down closer to the size of the tube i left them their original length. Lesson learned there even on the ones where the tube didn’t come out, the blanks took forever to mill down due to the amount of material to go through.
-- - Nathan H., Iowa