End-grain Black Palm Euro pen

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 01-04-2009 03:52 AM 3385 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pen was turned from glued up slices from a 2×2 billet of black palm so that the endgrain would show. It was necessary to shape the glued up blank with a rasp prior to turning as the slightest catch of the roughing gouge sent chunks and needle-like palm missiles flying from the blank. Once the corners were eased to relative roundness it was no difficulty to turn the blank to final dimensions. Finish is Mylands Friction polish over Mylands lacquer based sanding sealer. There is a touch up with Mahogany Trewax as this poor refugee spent about a year bouncing around on the floor of my truck’s jumpseat.

The purpleheart and maple box lid it rests on hopes to find it’s way as a project post in the near future. I primarily wanted to help test Martin’s new automated feed to my facebook.php so everything, including photography is a bit of a rush job.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 04:06 AM

A great looking pen Douglas. Very brave to tackle that one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 04:26 AM

The pen looks great, but the box top really intrigues me. I’ll be waiting. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 04:42 AM

looks good Douglas .. the facebook gadget worked for me without even trying. it seems to be automatic

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 04:44 AM

Nice looking pen, Douglas. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 04:59 AM

Pen looks great. I haven’t had much luck with black palm so it is encouraging to see that it can be done.

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 05:33 AM

I’ve never seen that treatment before Doug.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 01-04-2009 05:45 AM

No personal luck on the Facebook feed…although a pop-up opened and a log-on dialogue ensued. Nothing has shown up over there.

Thanks ever one for your kind comments. I think the end grain looks a little like guinea-fowl feathers.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-04-2009 03:30 PM

Very cool effect Douglas. I’ve used black palm but never in this way…it has a unique look.
Thanks for posting it. (also I agree with Charlie…let’s see that box too)

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-04-2009 04:37 PM

Huh A Bordnerized end grain pen, a tough turn no doubt.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 01-04-2009 06:10 PM

Nice job Douglas. A fine looking pen.

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#11 posted 01-04-2009 06:54 PM

Hey Douglas….....I like how the black palm looks after turning, it looks to have texture. Is it an open grain wood???? That circular black detail in the upper section of the pen leaves a nice ring as a focal point.

Black palm provides interesting results Douglas….......Neil

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#12 posted 01-04-2009 08:39 PM

The black ring is a laminate of ebony between the palm slices. End grain is not open, although the long grain aspects as lumber could be described as open-grained – like walnut. Thanks for stopping by Neil.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 01-04-2009 09:10 PM

Hi Douglas;

Happy New Year;

A beautiful pen indeed, BUT a gorgeous top it lays on.


Is that a real project, or more of your photoshop magic? (in other words, are you cheating?) LOL

Great Post;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 01-05-2009 02:25 AM

Very tricky way to do it Douglas but a great result in the end. Very unique finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 01-05-2009 06:00 PM

Very nice…I like it a lot.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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