My first pen and pencil set

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Project by Nathan H. posted 05-03-2014 02:25 PM 1209 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-03-2014 02:48 PM

Those look great!
Have you thought about helping out the Freedom Pen project?

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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Nathan H.

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#2 posted 05-03-2014 03:26 PM

Actually yes! I have been in communication with Sarge Kelly through Cap’n Eddie. Should get my 1st box in a week or 2.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#3 posted 05-03-2014 09:23 PM

Looks great! I’ve been making them a few months now. You’ll learn some as you go along and learn some new contours that feel nice. Don’t let mistakes get you down. Learn from them. Have fun!

-- GaryLundgrenCrafts

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 12:14 PM

Nice job. I have turned many and still find myself learning. I prefer using 5 minute epoxy for gluing up my tubes. After using CA glue and wasting a $20 inlay blank I stopped using CA. I also try to cut my blanks down to 1/8” proud of the tube at each end so I’m not having to mill down a lot to prep it for the bushings.

Everyone has their favorite finish. I have found like like using a dab of boiled linseed oil and then use a few drops of CA glue on top of the oil.

Good luck and keep up the good work. I warn you that this pen turning is addicting!!!

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 12:27 PM

That’s great and thanks for doing that! I contribute to that program through the Arts and Crafts Center on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. I am an old retired soldier who can really testify that little things like these pens mean a lot to those guys! I appreciate it as do they!
Have a good one!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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