A Bunch of Pens

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Project by Tedster posted 61 days ago 771 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got my first lathe and dived right into making pens. These are some of them. Most of them are already given away to friends and family. One thing I discovered about turning pens… it can become very addictive! :D

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 61 days ago

Very nice Ted, like the choice of woods and the finish. Will make great presents. Something I must have a go at one day.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 61 days ago

Addictive, and fun! Your pens look great.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 61 days ago

You have done very well. I definitely want to try it one day.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 61 days ago

Monte, you gotta get a lathe… you’ll love it!

Bob, if you have a lathe, give it a go. The finish is a quick wipe with CA then sand to 2000 to shine like glass.

copcarcollector… Yep and thanks! :D

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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#5 posted 60 days ago

Nice work. Custom made wooden pens make a great gift item.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dan Hux

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#6 posted 60 days ago

Pens are great, try the perfume sprayers, perfume pens and marking knives.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 60 days ago

Good looking pens, Ted! How hard was it to get the CA finish to your satisfaction? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 60 days ago

Nice job, Ted.
Pens (and such) are a great way to pass the time, in the shop….
That & they do make great little gifts!!!

-- 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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#9 posted 60 days ago

Great, Ted. Looks real nice. Especially the one on the far righ. Cocabolo?

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 60 days ago

Can I borrow a pen???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 60 days ago

I’m gonna give that a try….some year

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 60 days ago

Mike, you said that right. I really enjoy seeing the looks on their faces. Only problem is I’ve suddenly got a lot of friends!

Dan, I haven’t considered those but yeah… that would be fun.

Candy, my finishing process…
1 – Sand from 100 up to 320 or 400.
2 – Give it just a quick dab of CA glue using the corner of a paper towel.
3 – Give it a quick spray of accelerator so I don’t have to wait 2 minutes. :p
4 – Sand with Micromese pads up to 2000 grit.

Of course, this is all done on the lathe with the pen spinning. I’ve noticed on you tube that others slow the lathe down but I leave it at 2000 to 3000 RPM, doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Thanks Randy, and true that…. really great way to pass the time. I plan to make a lot more stuff like bottle stoppers, ice cream scoops, and pretty much whatever else I can find kits for. I like Dan’s suggestions of perfume sprayers and perfume pens.

Chris, that was my #1 favorite pen and wouldn’t you know it… the first buddy I let choose a pen for himself, he went straight for that one. Yes, it’s cocobolo. I made another similar one especially for myself.

Sure Marty, just stop on by and pick one. You don’t even have to return it! :D

Gary, some year may never come. Give it a shot… you won’t be disappointed.

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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#13 posted 60 days ago

Great job Tedster. I like to get into making some pens; maybe comes winter.


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#14 posted 60 days ago

007, it would be a great winter pastime. Just be ready for a lot of new friends! :)

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 60 days ago

Your mastering the craft quite nicely Ted.

I still think your first one is my favorite though. I like the thinner tube with straight walls.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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