UM Graduation pen, liked it so much I made others!

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Project by jfk4032 posted 05-02-2016 08:07 PM 749 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first of these pens I made for my son’s girlfriend for her upcoming graduation. She is graduating from the University of Maryland, as did my son and as I did. The segmented pieces are ebony, bloodwood, yellow heart and holly, to match the University of Maryland colors. I had plenty of leftover little pieces from the UM Terp Intarsia piece I made last Fall for my son’s graduation:

I liked the 2016 version so much, I made another pen for my son with the 2015 band on it (his graduation year). I made another one for myself (I’m sure they don’t carry a band with my graduation year on it, so I went with a golf club clip instead!) These are slimline kits, and the year bands and golf club clips all purchased from PSI.

I cut the pieces at a 30ยบ angle and sandwiched in a thin sheet of brass to create more definition between the colors. I saw that idea from a pen JWF posted in March:, so thanks JWF!

The pieces were glued together with CA but drilling them was a bit tricky. I had one that blewup there, but I was able to reglue and save that one. I might try epoxy next time, but not sure how well that turns once dried. I finished with a CA surface and they all came out fantastic.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 05-02-2016 10:17 PM

Beautiful and well-crafted as always. I like the way the colors work together.

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#2 posted 05-02-2016 11:56 PM

Very nice pens! At first, I thought you had too many colors, but I kept reading and you said it was for the University of Maryland, not Michigan, which is maize and blue. Too many states that start with M, gets me all confused.

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#3 posted 05-03-2016 07:40 AM

love those colours – esp. the brass – nice idea

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 12:54 PM

what a nice and useful gift

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 03:53 PM

Great job! Go Terps!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#6 posted 05-03-2016 06:26 PM

They look great sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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