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Project by Dukegijoe posted 04-02-2010 08:07 PM 2328 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a request for a Red Oak pen… I know… a Red Oak Pen! Wondering how I would make it interesting, I started looking at the lumber I had on-hand. All of it was fairly plain and normal. I was planning on hitting a lumber yard later in the week, so I hoped to find something better at the yard. In the meantime, I had a home improvement project I needed to do, so I went to Home Depot. Well, as you can see from the picture, I decided to make a run by the lumber area… I figured why not?

Well the first two pictures show the board I found in the lumber rack at Home Depot. I couldn’t believe it was in the rack! The last three pictures are the pen made for the customer. If you look close you can see where I ran into a problem.

As an FYI, the customer wanted the slimline version of the pen (not cigar, I know), but he wanted it as thick as possible. Add to that the request for Red Oak, and I was really confused, but he is a customer! Finally, I did have a problem when turning the pen, I am betting you can find it, but the customer just thought it was part of the figure of the wood. Overall, I am really happy with how it turned out, and really happy I went to Home Depot!

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett





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Dukegijoe

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 08:08 PM

One thing I forgot to mention, I have 2 more blanks out of the end of the board to use!

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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blockhead

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 08:24 PM

Sweet find and sweet pen. I’m sure the customer was very happy.

That reminds me of a shovel I have. The handle is made from ash and has some really cool figuring in it. Go figure. Did I say that?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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DragonLady

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 09:19 PM

That is an odd shaped pen, but if it’s what the customer wanted…

the wood is pretty, though!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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docholladay

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 10:42 PM

Very nice pen. It always surprises me the places that interesting wood can be found. I find it regularly in pallet wood (in small short pieces anyway – just right for pens and projects like that). I’m dying to know what the problem you mention is. I think I know. It looks to me that a small piece near the business end of the pen might have blown out and had to be glued back into place. If that is it, then you did a very good job of repairing and blending it in. It really just looks like an interesting part of the figure in the wood.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Les Casteel

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 11:09 PM

Hey good job on the pens! Looks like you ended up with the beginnings of a knot or a burl. Most people probably passed that board up for a straight grained…..boring piece of wood. I think I might look in the bin at home depot a bit closer myself!

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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SteveMI

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 11:22 PM

In my HD they have a cart of wood that is marked down 85%. Normally it is split or has a wild bow to it. Month ago I saw two 12” wide by 10’ long planks of pine that looked straight. They were pretty spalted and consider junk, got the two boards for $3.

Steve.

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#7 posted 04-03-2010 01:02 AM

nice

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 04-03-2010 01:06 AM

That turned out great.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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MrPukaShell

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#9 posted 04-03-2010 01:39 AM

I saw a piece of Maple with curl running about 18” long. It was only 1 X 2 or I would have snatched it up. Great find

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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Dukegijoe

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 04:06 AM

Dochol nailed it. I had a blow out when I was far enough along that all I really wanted to do was throw the tool through the garage door. Thankfully, I stopped, walked away for a minute, then found the piece that exploded off, ground up some of the shavings, mixed it into the glue and put the piece back onto the pen. The customer actually likes the “figure” from the blow-out, and I wasn’t going to tell him any different…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 04-03-2010 04:23 AM

Nice pen. I really like that curl!

Yes, it’s true, the things you find at the box stores. I found an absolutey gorgeous quartersawn oak 1/4” X 3” X 4’ board at HD. I didn’t have a use for it then, but do now, and I’d hate to think of someone using it for a doorstop or something. Also, I found a piece of tiger maple (again 1/4” stock, but I make a lot of small stuff, and it was swee-ee-eet) at the Do-it center awhile back. Crazy.

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Mark

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#12 posted 04-03-2010 05:28 AM

you got a nice piece of oak…but how much did that little board cost you from the home depot? lol i buy all my wood from the wood mill …sometimes i’ll buy rough pine at home depot

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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Matt

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 06:46 AM

Nice find bud! I go to Home Depot all the time. I always find nice curly soft maple. I even ran into an 1×6x8 foot birds eye maple that I just had to buy. Keep it up!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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Dukegijoe

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 03:14 PM

Honestly… I got the board at a discount because of the “defect.” Hard to believe that people don’t see it as beautiful… Guess you just need to be a Lumberjock

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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Dark_Lightning

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 04:09 PM

DEFECT?!? Man, I wish they’d call me when they get the next batch of “junk”!

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