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Baltic Birch Plywood Pens - who knew?

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Project by Lalen posted 03-13-2017 01:03 AM 620 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a lathe a few months ago and have been practicing some pens. I haven’t posted any here before, but I thought these came out pretty cool looking and maybe not a lot of people have tried it. Friends and family really love them.

I just cut a bunch of strips of the BB plywood the stacked them up and glued them together to create a 5” panel. I cut some at 45 degrees and the others straight to create some blanks.

Because all the layers of glue, plus end grain all around it was really hard cutting it smooth.. (beginner here) so i cheated and left it thick, using sandpaper to bring it down to size. This method used after blowing out a couple of blanks.

I did a CA glue finish, wet sanding up to 12000.

Not sure how the pictures will come through but at some angles it almost has a florescence look to the wood.

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta





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#1 posted 03-13-2017 01:28 AM

That looks pretty neat. I never would have thought of doing that.

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#2 posted 03-13-2017 02:15 AM

ive been doing pens for about 12 years now and youll be amazed at what can be made into a pen.try corncobs,blanks made from coffee beans,you name it.check out international association of pen turners,its like this site but just for pen turners.have fun.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 03-13-2017 11:43 AM

Thanks! I’ll check them out.


ive been doing pens for about 12 years now and youll be amazed at what can be made into a pen.try corncobs,blanks made from coffee beans,you name it.check out international association of pen turners,its like this site but just for pen turners.have fun.

- pottz


-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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