|Project by RichCMD||posted 05-16-2014 09:16 PM||740 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
These are the first pens I’ve made. From top to bottom bottom the types of wood used are goncalo alves, Kentucky coffee tree, cocobolo, bocote, zebrawood, and purpleheart. (I think have those right, anyway.) It’s not been all that long ago that I had never heard of any of these woods.
I learned a lot while I was making these pens.
- I had to order a pen disassembly set to finish the purpleheart pen after I pushed the twist mechanism in way too far.
- I cracked the goncalo alves pen blank and had to glue it back together. The CA glue worked well for that.
- After struggling with a bench top drill press that did not quite have enough travel for drilling the pen blanks, I had the bright idea of drilling the cocobolo pieces from one end and then turning them over and drilling from the other end. I advise against this, since I ended up having to do some scrambling to recover from that bright idea. I now do my drilling on the lathe, which is not only faster, but also seems to produce better results.
- I started out using a thick CA glue, but I had some tubes come out when trying to square of the ends of the blanks. I then experimented with Gorilla Glue and two part epoxy. I think I prefer the epoxy.
I really enjoying pen making, and I am looking forward to my next projects. Hopefully, I can put what I’ve learned to use and things will go a bit smoother as I try to extend my efforts into new areas.
-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson