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Majestic Pen (Box Elder)

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Project by Anthony posted 09-30-2009 09:44 PM 1326 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to start my first project post with thanking Tim Dennis for showing me the ropes of pen making.
I’ve been building cabinets for years, but pen making is new to me. When I saw how beautiful Tims pens were it inspired me to try to create my own. After making several slim line pens I made this Majestic.
I like the way it came out but would love for it to shine a little more. Any ideas???





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itsme_timd

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 09:47 PM

Hey Cuz, glad to see you posted one up! Looking at the pics that’s got a heckuva shine on it, it’s a great looking pen IMO.

What finish are you using right now? There are a lot of methods and I’m sure the folks here will give you some great input.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Sef

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 11:45 PM

I’m with Tim. The shine looks pretty good from here. That’s a nice pen, especially for a beginner. If you tell us your finishing process, we might be able to help you out, though.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think. http://chathampenworks.com/

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Anthony

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 03:09 AM

I sand to 650 grit than use shellawax woodturners’ friction polish.

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Karson

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 03:13 AM

Very nice pen. Nice job.

-- 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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Sef

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 03:43 AM

Anthony, Friction polish very well may be your problem. At it’s best, i don’t think it’s shine matches that of a lacquer or CA finish. A friction polish won’t last either. Handling will remove the polish in short order. Have you ever done a CA finish?

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think. http://chathampenworks.com/

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wecoyote

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 06:24 PM

That is a beautiful pen. I never realized how large the Majestic was until I saw one the other day. Your pen is one of the nicest. Great job for a “beginner”.

-- B. Corliss

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Anthony

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#7 posted 10-03-2009 09:11 PM

Sef, I have never used a CA finish but after reading your post I ordered some and look forward to trying it.
I’m still learning so Thanks for the good info. I need all I can get.

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MOJOE

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#8 posted 10-04-2009 05:02 AM

anthony,
I just watched a video on CA finished….it was either on bing or google…..just typed in “pen turning” you should check it out.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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itsme_timd

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#9 posted 10-04-2009 05:06 AM

Tony, do some searching here on LJ as well. The finish uses CA (super glue) and BLO (boiled linseed oil) to give a very nice finish. There are basics to doing the finish but you find many variations, it can be tricky to do so you might want to just turn some pieces round and try it on them first for practice.

Like Mojoe said, there are some great videos out there, too.

Now post up some more of your pens… and some of your clocks, too.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Sef

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#10 posted 10-04-2009 10:04 PM

Glad to help, Anthony. As has been mentioned, the CA finish can be tricky, and practicing on rounded blanks is a great idea. The results are well worth the effort, though. Check out the penturners.org library for some great videos and tips.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think. http://chathampenworks.com/

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