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Project by MsDebbieP posted 06-28-2009 08:25 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 28/09

My brother and my nephew have birthdays coming up and each will receive a pen.

The stained one (has a reddish tinge to it) is for my brother. It is made from barnboard from our great-grandfather’s barn.

My nephew’s pen is … hmm… wood lol :)

The barnboard was difficult to turn because it was so soft. Once I had it shaped, I gave it a coat of crazy glue, buffed it up and then finished it with a coat of the cabernet stain and shellac. I hope that this mixture will give it some strength. —if not, well, I guess another pen will be in the works for Christmas ;)

Pen Kit Style: Sierra

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





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jeffthewoodwacker

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 08:43 PM

Ms. Debbie – the pens look great!! One hint for turning soft wood is to flood it with thin or medium CA glue before turning to stabilize it. Makes turning much easier.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Russel

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#2 posted 06-28-2009 08:50 PM

More pens? Good thing that addiction thing hasn’t taken hold of you. ;-)

Very nice work. Which kit is that you’re using? I really like it.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 09:16 PM

MsDebbie is getting good at this pen making. Before long she will turn PRO…............Lol Great job on tese too. I love the barn one and the story that goes with it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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SCOTSMAN

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 09:18 PM

Debbie your getting too good at this make a few dudders and that’ll make mine look better in future if you don’t mind .LOLAlistair ps well done again.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 09:21 PM

Jeff—and how exactly do you “flood it” ?

Russel—no.. not addicted yet :)
These are “just” birthday presents. ... but, these are the last of my pen kits so I’ve had to order more…... once they arrive, well, then I might be addicted!!

The pens are “Sierra”.
I’ve checked out the other pens and this is the style that keeps shouting out at me…. so that’s what I’ll be making until I get sick of them.

Jerry: thanks :)
Can you imagine writing with the pen and someone commenting on it… your response: “Yes, the wood is made from wood from my great-grandfather’s barn”... gosh, that just sounds so amazing!

When my new pen kits arrive, I definitely have to make one for myself.

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 09:25 PM

MS Debbie try the cigar kist they are truly nice for gentlemen as they are a little heavier and well balanced.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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dlcarver

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 09:48 PM

Nice job….WELL DONE!!!!
Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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lew

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 09:53 PM

Beautiful Pens, MsDebbie!!

The barn wood will make the pen all the more special. It is wonderful to be able to give wood “another” life.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 10:38 PM

Ms. Debbie, I flood pen blanks with either thin or medium CA glue by putting the blank in a small shallow tin (a jar lid works also) and pour the glue straight over the entire blank. Only do this with soft woods or blanks with defects. The blank will soak up the glue and become more stable. On blanks with void or open burls I will grind up brass filings, inlace material or even corian and mix it in with the glue to fill any cracks or open areas. The pens will make great presents and you will find that turning pens will become additive.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 11:28 PM

excellent. Thanks for the tip.

thanks Dave & Lew for the nice feedback :)

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

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mmh

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#11 posted 06-28-2009 11:32 PM

Beautifully done! I love the history of them. They are wonderful gifts for your family and I’m sure they’ll cherish them for many years.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 06-29-2009 12:09 AM

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mtnwild

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#13 posted 06-29-2009 04:08 AM

The barn board wood is beautiful! Great find. Makes a unique item with a cool story.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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scottb

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#14 posted 06-29-2009 05:29 AM

not addicted yet?.... ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#15 posted 06-29-2009 05:40 AM

Debbie. Pretty soon a Scott’s program 30 pens in 30 days.

looking great Debbie

-- 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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