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Project by Chris McDowell posted 12-02-2015 03:44 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know it’s not the most interesting project post to look at, but I’m posting this more for documentation than anything for my own viewing pleasure years down the road.

I’ve only tried slimline pens so far, which seems to be the normal starting point for new pen turners.

Listed in the order I made them, starting with the first preview picture above:

Pen #1: Cherry (i think) – the one on the bottom in first picture
Pen #2: Corian countertop – the green one

I made the first two at a friend’s shop where he taught me. Made with Robert Sorby tools.
It was after this I got the bug and bought a Rikon mini lathe, haha:

A couple of months later, I bought the Mini Easy Wood Tools and everything to make pens with. The last of the pens shown are made on my own lathe and the carbide tools.

Pen #3: Olivewood
Pen #4: Cocobolo
Pen #5: Padauk (on bottom in last picture)
Pen #6: Purpleheart (on top in last picture)

I recorded a couple of videos, if you’re interested:
If you want to see more about the lathe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2awYzNc54A0

Watch me make the cocobolo pen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6xsj9IxK0w

Here’s the simple jig I use to drill the holes in the pen blanks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYyzLAwFBvI

I’ve ordered a few more pen kits from penn state industries to make for Christmas gifts this year. I have a couple of black titanium coming in (those are not cheap) and some gun metal kits.

If you made it this far, then thanks for reading!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9





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diggerdelaney

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 04:18 PM

Great starter pens and a good job. This can become very addictive so be careful

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 08:49 PM

Pens look good. Take your scraps and cut offs and glue them together and turn them down. Amazing how they turn out.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Chris McDowell

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#3 posted 12-03-2015 03:06 AM



Great starter pens and a good job. This can become very addictive so be careful

- diggerdelaney

Haha, I know already how addictive it is. But, man, just getting into turning is so stinking expensive!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#4 posted 12-03-2015 03:08 AM



Pens look good. Take your scraps and cut offs and glue them together and turn them down. Amazing how they turn out.

- woodbutcherbynight

I am saving my scraps. I just sort of put the cutoffs in a pile without thinking and now there are a few pieces and I’ve realized I can use them to make a segmented pen or something. Thanks for the input!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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jeff

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 09:57 AM

Nice pens.Hobbies are expensive.I watched a few of your videos.Your trip to Woodcraft for pen supplies looked like my trip to Woodcraft one day minus the Easy Wood Turning Tools.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Chris McDowell

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#6 posted 12-06-2015 02:38 PM



Nice pens.Hobbies are expensive.I watched a few of your videos.Your trip to Woodcraft for pen supplies looked like my trip to Woodcraft one day minus the Easy Wood Turning Tools.

- jeff

They sure are expensive! Thanks for checking out my video.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Roger

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 06:35 PM

Spinning pens are fun and they make gr8 gifts for any occasion. Ya did very well. Are you addicted yet?? lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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