A Bunch of Pens

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Project by Ted posted 06-21-2014 04:51 AM 1577 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

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 05:03 AM

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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 05:22 AM

Addictive, and fun! Your pens look great.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 05:22 AM

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 07:04 AM

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

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 08:16 AM

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

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 11:45 AM

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

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 12:08 PM

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 06-21-2014 12:11 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 06-21-2014 12:33 PM

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 06-21-2014 01:21 PM

Can I borrow a pen???

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

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#11 posted 06-21-2014 02:15 PM

I’m gonna give that a try….some year

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

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 02:48 PM

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.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#13 posted 06-21-2014 02:54 PM

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


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#14 posted 06-21-2014 03:20 PM

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

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#15 posted 06-21-2014 04:12 PM

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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