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Project by Dudley posted 02-26-2010 12:40 AM 1303 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like working with the Corian. Wife says the 50 Cal is ugly. lol

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 12:56 AM

Nice looking pens I have been thinking of getting into it myself. I sent for the free DVD from P S I
What Brand/Type of lathe are you using?

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 01:02 AM

It’s an old craftsman 36”. Oldie but goodie.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 01:38 AM

Good looking pens! What finish do you use on Corian? I have turned many wood pens but haven’t dabbled with corian or acrylic yet. They look good though so I just may have to try it out!

-- Jeff

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 01:44 AM

I am going to guess that you just polished it, no other finish necessary…acrylics the same way.

Look great… I don’t think the 50 cal is ugly…. maybe a little impratical b/c of the size.

Other than that, really nice.


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 01:58 AM

If you sand to 12000 on the Corina, you don’t need any finish. But you can use some Renaissance wax if you want.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 05:19 AM

Great pens! I have almost totally switch from wood to Corian in my pens. I love the finishes and they feel more of a solid pen. Great Job!

-- Brian, Tennessee,

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 04:00 AM

I have the kids turning pens at school. They can’t get enough of them either. Hard to keep them all happy with only 2 lathes. The acrylics are cool looking, but there is just something about turning a real “wood” pen. Either way students get lots of ooh and aahs, also requests to have them made for others. A fun and almost immediately rewarding project for the students.

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 05:18 AM

Tooldad, Thats great!! I wish the school that I teach at still had woodshop…I would be all over that with making pens with the kids…The rifted our shop teacher a few years ago and they never brought it back…There are two uni’s in there that I would love to have at my house.

Its a shame though…I think are kids are really missing out with shop class.

You got some pics of your kids pens??

On a side note…I ran in to a kid and his dad a woodcraft trying to buy some pen making stuff from one of the old salesmen there. The kid was obviously making the pens at his high school…Kid was about 16…I intervened as they were meandering around the store and I hook them up with my CA finishing method and gave em this site and also the IAP as references as they were trying to buy a 40 dollar book on penmaking.

Haven’t seen him become a user at either site but I am still keeping my eyes out for him. I think its great that they are doing this at some schools.


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 04:12 PM

I need to better understand the CA method. Can you direct me to a site or provide instructions? – tnx

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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