|Project by Nils||posted 01-15-2009 06:44 PM||4203 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I mentioned in my last project that I was continuing to work on “getting outside the pen kit box.” These two pens are my latest in that trajectory. The parts are from a slimline kit, but I left off the center band and turned the top portion without a cap, using a shopmade mandrel. They’re made of cocobolo. I was pleased with how they came out, and the people I gave them to at Christmas we’re pretty happy, I think!
Here’s a picture of the mandrel I made – I just mounted a chunk of maple in my chuck and turned it down until the pen tube in the cap portion of the pen blank had a good tight slip fit. It wasn’t ideal, as there was a lot of slippage. I don’t think I could use this same mandrel again. I’m planning to buy a real mandrel (from Arizona Silhouette) so I don’t have to keep turning new ones.
Mandrel without pen blank
Mandrel with pen blank mounted
-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA