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My First Turned Pencil

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-07-2015 06:09 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I’d never turn a pen because everyone else does and I can supply them the wood! Well, the high school shop instructor bought the pen making stuff for the students so I turned one between classed this morning. I made a mechanical pencil rather than a pen. It is made from ambrosia maple that was a lone board laying on the floor. I cut the best grain section out for the blank and the beetle and I both signed this one. There are 2 tiny beetle holes in it.

It is finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 06:43 PM

COOL… I think that is the FIRST Pencil I have that someone has “Turned”!

Is that a Fine .5mm lead?

Nice change for a change…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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UncleStumpy

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 07:05 PM

Big mistake. Now you are hooked! Pretty soon you will be showing us your 100th pen.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 10:14 PM

Good for you Jim, now you can say you’ve done one.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Grumpy

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 10:22 PM

Look out Jim, you have just started something that can be very addictive. There was an article in the ‘Wood’ magazine about a woodworker that turned 49,000 pens so look out the bug might get you. Nice job mate.

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

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stefang

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 10:25 PM

Looks super nice Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BusterB

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 11:09 PM

That’s pretty danged cool!!! Nice job Sir!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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scrollingmom

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 11:40 PM

Nice looking pencil. Maybe you found something else you’ll love doing.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-08-2015 12:36 AM

Thanks every one! I thought it came out pretty good for #1, Ray!! Cut entirely with a 5/8 bowl gouge!
The students showed real interest in making the grain pattern come out in a pen like that so we had a little meeting at the wood rack to look at the grain patterns and how they can cut the blank to capitalize on it for their pen. I think we will be making a lot of pens.
I love volunteering to be an evangelist for woodworking!!
The kids lately with Randy in charge have been real interested and are designing their own projects on the lathe. One girl was turning a lighthouse today .

Hi Kelly, I already have too many irons in the fire, but these are easy.It take longer to assemble it than turn it. Maybe we could have turning teams and assembly teams!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 12-08-2015 02:04 AM

Nice first one Jim, I am told they are very addictive. Pity those poor damn elves if they get hooked???

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 12-08-2015 02:19 AM

Must be the beetle from Beetle Juice. Nice one Jim. I was never interested in making a pen but the pencil is on my list. I have to find out where to get the kit for the pencil, or do you know?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 12-08-2015 03:19 AM

Hi Bob. I’m hoping it does not get that way with me. I have the option to make them at school when I like, though.

Hi Dave. You can get the kits a lot of places: Penn State, Woodcraft, Craft Supply to name a few. You will need a 7 or 8 mm drill, a facing cutter, a long arbor ( they are about $20), CA glue, and some way to press the parts together. I was thinking a drill press jig might work for that ( but here I go thinking about making them!!) I have the make rather than buy mentality! The shop instructor bought the whole 9 yards – even small turning tools!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CFrye

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 03:27 AM

Get those kids hooked on woodworking, Jim!
Nice pencil! Thanks for all you share.

-- God bless, Candy

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 12-08-2015 03:57 AM

Thanks Jim. I knew those places sold pens but I never looked at it close enough to see about the pencil kit. I’ll look for a cheaper one for my first try, since I’m going to Woodcraft tomorrow for a few peppermill kits anyway.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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majuvla

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#14 posted 12-08-2015 05:00 AM

Congratulations, you finaly made one. Looks excellent, just keep on turning them instead supplaying other with woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 12-08-2015 12:23 PM

Thanks Candy and Ivan. I don’t know yet if I am hooked on pens or not!!

Hi Dave. Let me know if you are getting into making pens. I may be coming to Aurora before Christmas and could drop off some pretty wood!.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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