My First Pen

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Project by mjb posted 12-16-2009 07:28 AM 1276 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my first pen :) and I learned a lot in the process. Hopefully this is the first of many lathe projects. The wood is walnut and the pen is a slim line kit. The finish is 4 coats of medium CA glue. Some of the things that I have learned in doing this project: First, I’m in the wrong business, I should have opened up a Woodcraft store. They must have some great margins. Second, never tell your wife you are getting any kind of tool (lathe, table saw, or screw driver) to make anything for her. That statement creates an expectation with her on when it (whatever it is) has to be done that is different than your expectation of when you will do it. Third, it’s harder than I thought to take a good picture of a pen. Let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 04:26 PM

The pen looks great. I know you will be doing many more. It is a lot of fun. Igave my first pen to my wife, se loved it. And I sold the rest.

-- Rodney, Arlington Texas

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 05:10 PM

looks good
watch out they are addicting

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 06:27 PM

Nice Pen good Job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 12:57 AM

I agree with all three of your statments. I even sold off one of my other machines to purchase my lathe. (Sold for the $ and the shop space) I still had to go rounds about justifying spending money on another tool even though I had change from the sale left over. In the end I got the lathe and yes, the first pen went to her purse.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 02:35 AM

Great looking pen. Wives seem to have the “right of first refusal” for all of our projects.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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