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Project by Peter Oxley posted 2050 days ago 2941 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just about the time Scottb decided to Chic his Bic for his 30 projects in 30 days challenge…
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... I took a class at Woodcraft to do the same thing with a Bic Stic.

The first couple of pens didn’t turn out so great. I was worried that the hole would be off-center and I would expose it if I made the pens too slender. As a result my pens were huge … like white-board marker huge! But with some practice I started getting some pens that were a size and shape that was suitable for human hands! I’ve made about 15 of these now, and most will be stocking stuffers. Most of the pens I’ve made have been soft maple, but the middle photo also includes pens made of hickory, birch, and purpleheart. The finish I’ve been using is shellac and wax.

I’m drilling my blanks on the drill press instead of on the lathe. I set up my table at 90° to the spindle, clamp a fence to the table, and feed the pen blank up into the drill bit. By doing this I’ve found that I can drill the entire hole with a long bit, instead of starting with a short bit and then switching. I’ve also found that by feeding the blank this way I can really feel the moment the bit loads up, so I can stop and clear the bit before it wanders too much.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --





11 comments so far

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2049 days ago

Peter and the pens!! Has a ring to it, don’t ya think? Good stuff.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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rikkor

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#2 posted 2049 days ago

Very cool Peter. Now I am going to have to try it, too.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 2049 days ago

How many pens can Peter the pen maker make if Peter can only use Purpleheart and Pine. Purtty pens Peter!

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Sawdust2

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#4 posted 2049 days ago

Oh, pullease! That’s paltry praise for Peter’s pulchritudenous pens.

Lee

I was up on Arizona Silhouette yesterday and he has a mandrel for closed end pens. Probably too big a bore for a Bic but a great mandrel.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 2479 days


#5 posted 2049 days ago

People, please! Prior to posting, please prepare and provide proper pronunciation if planning to post preposterous prose like “pulchritudenous” as proxy for plain positive parlance.

And … uh … thanks for the comments!

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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Broda

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#6 posted 2049 days ago

cool!

how are they made?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2048 days ago

p-p-p-p-p-lovely :) lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 2479 days


#8 posted 2048 days ago

Brody – If you go to Scottb’s project and look through the comments, there is a link to instructions on another site. I was thinking it would be nice to have the info here, as well … might do a blog.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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Karson

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#9 posted 2048 days ago

Perfectly, and proudly presented.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Tony

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#10 posted 2047 days ago

Nice interpretation of Scott’s pens

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Roger

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#11 posted 920 days ago

very very kool, and really affordable this way. wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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