First Pen

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Project by Sprung posted 06-27-2014 08:40 PM 859 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first pen.

Brown Mallee Burl with a Gold & Gunmetal Mesa kit.

Finished with General Finishes Woodturner’s Finish and buffed with a little beeswax and a cotton rag. (The smell of CA sometimes gets to me, so I’m a little reluctant to try a CA finish yet.)

Someone else turned and sent me the bowl that is holding the pen for display, so I’m not going to take any credit for that.

-- Matt, SW MN,

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#1 posted 06-27-2014 09:28 PM

NICE! I like the Mesa kit, just turned another yesterday! I have yet to try the CA finish myself, I will probably glue my hand to the lathe!!! Have fun turning—-

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#2 posted 06-27-2014 10:13 PM

Very nice my friend! Good turn.

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#3 posted 06-27-2014 11:08 PM

Good looking pen, and the finish is really nice.

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#4 posted 06-28-2014 01:53 AM

For a first pen that is an absolutely superb job.

-- Turnin' and learnin'

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#5 posted 06-28-2014 04:41 AM

Thanks, guys!

-- Matt, SW MN,

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#6 posted 06-28-2014 06:16 AM

Sure looks a lot nicer than my first pen… and my second, and my third…

I use the CA thin and it does sometimes sting my eyes. I just step away from it for a minute, maybe fan a little air to clear the fumes. I like the quick finish and it really does shine up nice when I sand up to 2000 grit. But then, I like the finish on your’s too. I haven’t worked with Mallee Burl yet, but it looks fantastic!

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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Richard Alexander

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#7 posted 06-28-2014 02:36 PM

Very nice first pen. I took me a while to get as nice of a shine as you already have. I’ve been using EEE and shellwax cream. I then put on a quick coat of Hut liquid wax (I could probably skip the shellwax). The shine is as good as CA, imho, but I’m not as confident in its durability.

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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