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My daughter Gina (15) came to me the other day and asked me if she could make a pen for her friend in school. He saw her pen and fell in love with it. She agreed to make him one and then proceeded to ask me if she could. I had a few pen state kits left over so we set off to the shop to give it a whirl.

Gina has turned a pen for herself before but it has been a while so I started off with safety first. We went over some basic rules of safety then we discussed the use of the tools. She used a caliper to measure the pen diameter and got it to the finished size.

She sanded the pen to 600 grit.

Next she applied EEE and Shellawax to finish it off.

From there we went to the assembly process.

Gina made this pen all on her own, I gave advice and showed her how to hold the tools and the sandpaper but ultimately she is responsible for the final results.

Here was the best part, I got to spend time in the shop doing what I love and I got to do it with my daughter. Her schedule is soooooooo busy that we don’t seem to spend much time together anymore. It was only for an hour but I can promise you this I will remember this one forever.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!





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lew

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#1 posted 1659 days ago

She will also remember this time, forever.

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

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Napaman

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#2 posted 1659 days ago

THANK YOU GINA….I have a 17 yr old…6 year old and 2 year old…and the time goes fast…you have a great dad that wants to show you a hobby that he enjoys…and with your busy schedule you said YEs….

Great pen…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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eddy

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#3 posted 1659 days ago

that is cool my daughter (15 also) makes lots of pens she posts here under
http://lumberjocks.com/Profist_of_Doom
has not posted in awhile but is poping out about 10 pens a week
keep your daughter at it
it is a good skill and she can make a nice income off making pens
mine is making about $200.00 a month not bad for 15 years old

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1659 days ago

That is a nice pen and I am glad to hear that you two got to spend some time together. You are right, once they become teenagers they really don’t seem to have a lot of time for Mom and Dad anymore. I am sure that she will have to do another one since turning these out is addictive.

I enjoyed both the post and the story behind this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jussdandy

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#5 posted 1659 days ago

good looking pen and an even better story to go with it, gotta like it.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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darryl

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#6 posted 1659 days ago

I’ve made a couple pens with my middle daughter (now 8) and that was fun! She wants to learn how to make a bowl. I’ve only made three so far myself, so I’m a little nervous about trying to show her how… I need to get over that before she loses interest!

thanks for sharing your father/daughter time!

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1659 days ago

Excellent job!

But if you’re not careful, she’ll be taking over the shop. You’ll find yourself encouraging her to go out more (every dad’s nightmare) just so you can get some tool time. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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scrappy

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#8 posted 1659 days ago

Great pen and even better story. Allways good to spend time with the kids in the shop.

Treasure your time together. Soon she won’t be around as much.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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degoose

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#9 posted 1659 days ago

I got a little teary when I read your story… nice one mate.
My two older girls, Amanda and Kylie, have moved away and Samantha is now 18 and busy with work and friends.. so I don’t get to see them much, let alone in the shop.. although when Sam was younger she wanted to hammer nails into wood in the workdshop and would sometimes bring a friend. I still have one of the boards hanging on the wall.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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jack1

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#10 posted 1658 days ago

Super!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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huff

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#11 posted 1658 days ago

Great story and a great pen. Something you both will always share and remember (Priceless!) I do have to comment though, when I saw the third picture, seeing her long sleeve shirt so close to the spinning lathe made me think of Tim the Tool Man on home improvement, but not as funny! (like an accident waiting to happen).

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 1658 days ago

pass the tissues!!
You must be so proud—SHE must be so proud—- well done and I hope to see more, Gina :)

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

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SCOTSMAN

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#13 posted 1658 days ago

I have three sons no daughters but if I did have one I would be as proud as you.Still I have a daughter in law she’s great and we get on like a house on fire so I didn’t misss out after all.I am glad your beautiful young lady daughter is doing well very kindest regards Alistair

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

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Innovator

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#14 posted 1657 days ago

Thank you all for your comments. Gina is so excited that so many people have looked at her pen and made comments about it.

Eddy – Gina is very interested in what your daughter is doing with making and selling pens. She might have some questions for your daughter.

Thanks all once again.
Rob

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 1657 days ago

Great job Gina

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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