My first turned pen-Acrylic purple!

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Project by Durnik150 posted 01-09-2010 02:49 AM 1544 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I realize that this is not wood. But, this is the first pen I have ever turned and I will be doing tons more in the future out of wood. The process is the same I just used an acrylic blank for the first shot.

Over the last month I have purchased a lathe and most of the beginning accouterments to get started. After several turned chunks of wood I decided to buckle down and make a pen. This was my first shot at it.

It looks better than it really is. There is a little bit of an edge where the acrylic tubes end which should not be there and the pen twist mechanism is about 1/32” off so the pen tip doesn’t fully come out of the nib.

Other than that I had a great time considering it was my first shot at it. I will be trying Zebrawood, Curly Pyinma, and another acrylic in the near future. I’ll post their results.

Thanks for looking!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 03:06 AM

oh man that’s nice. i work with acrylic everyday and i was wondering how it turns on the lathe. u just answered my question. if i send u some do u think u can turn some knobs for hand planes? the same shape as the knobs on a stanley plane.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 03:11 AM

that is really nice a friend of mine at work just started turning pens and i think he got me hooked on the pen bug now all i need to do is get a lathe and turning tools lol

-- Jay, somewhere in Texas

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 03:16 AM

Ike, I’d have to pass right now since I really am just beginning to learn the process. I’m sure there are tons of Lumberjocks who would take you up on your offer though. You might try the forums to see if you could find someone who would be willing to give it a shot.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 03:29 AM

I think any turner would have to have an original to take measurements off of… turning isn’t an exact science, but having something to go off of is helpful when turning. I usually stick to wood for my pens. After turning an acrylic blank today and not being pleased with it, I will probably stick to wood.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 04:38 AM

Looks good for a first try!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-09-2010 04:41 AM

Great looking pen! It’s a slippery slop…..first it is acrylics and common woods then the next thing you know it’s custom casting/exotic burls and tricky segmentations!!!!!!! Better run before it’s too late!

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

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 05:22 AM

Very good for the first try.

-- Brian, bdatkinson

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 03:40 PM

I love the color! Great job

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 01-09-2010 04:02 PM

Boy this pen turning thing is BIG on LJ’s.
And everyone says you get sucked into the vortex after starting.
I want to try it but I have enough addictions now!

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#10 posted 01-09-2010 06:42 PM

I like turning pens but acrylic smells horrible when you turn it. I love the color tho great job.

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