|Project by jeffthewoodwacker||posted 05-04-2009 01:36 AM||1360 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Round three of the pen trade (thanks Tim!) had two challenges – one from Steve 391b and one from Karson 391. I had to turn several pens today and decided to take on the 391B blank that Steve included in the pen trade box. Steve forewarned that the blanks could be prone to blow out so I soaked the pen in medium CA glue prior to turning. Photo one and photo two show the blank on the mandrill and ready to turn. I turn all my pens as fast as the lathe can go – photo three is the blank spinning at 3200 rpm – that little sucker sure does fly!
The pen turned smooth as silk with no issues! Photo four is turned and ready to sand and finish – I will start with 400 grit sandpaper on this pen and work up to 1000 grit. For the finish I took a piece of thin plexiglas and soaked it in a tin can of acetone. I then wiped several coats of this concoction onto the pen blank with the lathe turning at 1800 rpm. When the finish was completely dry I took the pen blank to the Beall buffing wheel and buffed it out. Photo five and six are shots of the pen completely finished. I decided that since the pen had already traveled across the country I would include it with the Turn for the Troop pens and give it some real mileage – to our troops in Iraq. I am including a typed letter detailing the travels of the pen trade box. Special thanks to Tim for all the work he did to make round 3 of the pen trade go smoothly and to Steve for putting out the 391b challenge.
Now – coming attractions what the heck am I going to do with Karson’s 391challenge blank? Somehow Karson’s blank met the small piece of Steve’s blank that was left over after I cut the blank and became very attached to it. It is now an east meets west blank.
I will keep all of you in suspense, but promise a detailed blog and project photo when complete.
-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.