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Wooden fountain pen made with Mahogany, Walnut, and Maple

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Project by Eric posted 04-05-2017 06:01 AM 1018 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a gift that I made for a company gift exchange. I glued some strips of Mahogany, Walnut, and Maple into a pen blank, and ordered the fountain pen kit from pennstateind.com. Then I turned the pen blank on my mini lathe.

It was a super simple project, but one thing I had to be careful of was drilling the hole perfectly down the middle so the tubes are parallel to the wood stripes when it was time to assemble it. Otherwise, the wood stripes wouldn’t line up between the pen and the cap. Fortunately I have a drill press vise that helped me keep the pen blank straight and parallel to the drill bit.

I finished the pen with Danish Oil, Polyurethane, and Beeswax. I know other people like to use CA glue, but I didn’t have any, and was too lazy to go to the store to get some. So I just used what I had in my garage. I like using Danish Oil because it does a great job by bringing out the wood grain. I put on 3 coats of it. Then I put on about 7 or 8 coats of Polyurethane, and followed up with Howard’s Feed N Wax. The wax did a great job with giving it an older, more natural wood look and feel, but it also made it glow when held in the light.

Hope you guys like it!

-- Eric





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#1 posted 04-05-2017 12:22 PM

Beautiful looking pen. You did a great job getting the hole drilled so that everything lines up. I know from experience how hard that can be. Sometimes it’s like the drill just defies you and chooses to go its own direction.

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#2 posted 04-05-2017 04:36 PM

Eric, you did a nice job on this pen.

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