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Project by Gary posted 09-20-2007 06:16 AM 2107 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a new sled at 55 degrees and tried it with a thinner blade.
I like the higher angle and thinner blade more than the 45 and standard kerf blade.

This is a Gold Artisan Cigar dressed in figured Sapelle with a hard maple 4-ring knot.
The pen is finished with CA, MM, and buffed out with plastic polish.

Comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Gary, Florida

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 09-20-2007 06:51 AM

It’s the best one yet!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 09-20-2007 07:29 AM

Its beyond my reach Gary, I’ll critisize it in a few years though.

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#3 posted 09-20-2007 07:39 AM

The side view is amazing!

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#4 posted 09-20-2007 07:47 AM

Garry, these just keep on getting better and better.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 09-20-2007 08:57 AM

Really great, Gary! Don is right, they just keep getting better. I have to agree with you. The steeper angle and thinner kerf is a winner. Thanks for posting this. I really have to take a rip at making one of these. They really are cool.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 09-20-2007 12:29 PM

I think this is my favourite so far! Excellent.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 09-20-2007 01:13 PM

I agree, the best yet. Something being perfected right before our eyes. What glue do you use on the inserts?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 09-20-2007 01:14 PM

How did he do that? I love it.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 09-20-2007 04:41 PM

WOW!!! Dude, like Grant says above….”HOW DID HE DO THAT?” Gary, do you have step by step pics available somewhere?

My son is quite a little pen turner at 10 years old. I showed him this thread earlier in the morning and he suggested I glue up some blanks for him before Christmas…you know how busy a 10 year old gets at around Christmas!!!

At any rate, GREAT JOB!

Timmy C

-- Timmy C

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#10 posted 09-20-2007 04:46 PM

Gary: Those blanks are great. I also like to steeper angle.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 09-20-2007 09:30 PM

Thanks y’all. I’ve actually got one more saw blade that’s thinner and doesn’t seem to have any discernable set.
I’m anxious to try it. We’ll see how it turns out.
Grant and Timmy:
I posted a pictorial of How I do it here
Take a look, it’s really pretty simple once you make a miter sled.

-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 09-21-2007 01:07 AM

ok, I’m hooked. How is this done? I can see application to my walking cane work.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 08:27 PM

Mark, I’d love to see you do that!

Gary, love the pens. Never thought of thinner blades when you increase your angle. Good thinking outside the box… errr pen.


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#14 posted 04-23-2009 01:09 AM

gary, i need your advice. i have made 5 segmented pens today. the problem is with the gluing of the segments. at different stages, they come apart. some at the “seperator” area (aluminium on each side of the wood insert), some at the start, some while i am polishing, but all 5 fell apart. dang!
at first, i tried using just ac glue. then, i tried 5 minute epoxy. then ac and accelerator. were it not for the “blowing up” of these pens, they would have been right purrty. what am i doing wrong?

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#15 posted 05-03-2009 12:01 AM


Without seeing your blanks, and only reading your descriptions, it’s more than difficult to provide good advise.
It could be you don’t have a good glue joint but after reviewing some of your projects, I’d find that hard to believe.
It could be the glue hasn’t set properly.
It could be you’re being too aggressive but again, hard to believe given some of the other work you’ve posted.
It could be you’re overheating when polishing, thereby causing the glue to release.
Falling apart between wood and aluminium suggests perhaps you didn’t sand the lacquer coating off the AL.
The glue may not have been able to adhere from said coating to wood.
Try changing one thing at a time to see what works—a controlled test is the best way to isolate the cause.

Good luck.

-- Gary, Florida

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