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Project by TheDane posted 23 days ago 298 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another batch of 25 pens headed to our men and women in uniform serving around the world.

These pens were turned from Cherry, Leopardwood, Maple, and Walnut.

Since I started turning pens, I have done 635+ pens for uniformed service personnel and veterans.

For more info on the Freedom Pens project, and to get involved, see: http://www.freedompens.org

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Thewoodman2000

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#1 posted 23 days ago

That sure is another great batch!!! How are you doing the part in the middle if you don’t mind me asking?

BTW thanks for the help on getting in touch with Freedompens. I just received my first box of 25 on Monday. I am getting things setup to start production later this week! I plan on working on them on the 4th. I think this is a great day to do it!!! I am excited to help out with this great program!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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TheDane

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#2 posted 23 days ago

”How are you doing the part in the middle …”

I set the edges of the center band with the toe of a skew.

I have a spiraling tool from Manny’s ( http://store.mannyswoodworkersplace.com/glmomisptosy.html ) ...
... and use the wheel with the finest teeth set at about a 45 degree angle. The spiraling tool is actually a scraper and removes a little wood. Once I get the spirals the way I want them, I finish out the shaping of the pen blanks with a skew. This is a little more labor intensive than the other pen profiles I have used, but I like the final result.

Some wood species just don’t lend themselves to this kind of texturing … that’s why the oak and maple pens have a plain profile.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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