|Project by jarler||posted 12-16-2009 04:24 PM||1494 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I bought my lathe back in July. About two weeks ago, I decide to try the pen making starter kit that I purchased a month or so prior. This was the first time I had ever used a lathe. I watched about a dozen videos online before attempting it myself, so I wasn’t totally clueless. My first few pens turned out okay. The finish on those aren’t very good, but that was before I tried a CA finish.
Anyway, after I made two pens, I got the bright idea… hey, I could make pens for friends and family as Christmas presents! I went and purchased 40 slimline pen kits, a few slimline pencil kits and a plethora of other pen related items and a box of exotic blanks (1×1x12). The above picture contains 26 pens. Out of the 40 blanks I created, I blew out two pens on the drill press and three on the lathe and there is one pen I messed up in assembly (and ruined during the attempted disassembly). I still have some unturned blanks. Those are going to be pencil kits.
Since I had limited time to work on these, there’s nothing fancy in the design. They are straight (at least they are supposed to be) and they all have a boiled linseed oil and CA glue finish, which took a bit of time to perfect. I sanded the pens to 400 grit, applied 4 layers of BLO/CA, then micro meshed down to 12,000. These pens shine. I’m very happy with how they turned out. I can’t really tell you which wood is which. The blanks came from Rockler’s exotic blank box.
Pen turning truly is addicting. I just got my shipment of rollerballs and fountain pens in the mail last night. Look for pictures of those soon. :)