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Project by DynaBlue posted 1546 days ago 1219 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Going back to work after retirement has, well, sucked..my free time away and my big project (a 702 repro bookcase) is turning into a seven-plus month project. In my spare time I’ve tried to learn pen turning so I thought I’d display a couple that I’ve turned recently (and happened to think about photographing). I’ve seen some fairly fancy turned pens that I thought looked great but would be difficult to write with so I try to keep to a fairly vanilla shape with some small, gentle curves. Yeah, that’s the reason…it has nothing to do with the fact that I’d never really used a lathe until I started making pens two months ago ;)

No if I could just make a true lightbox and a camera tripod…

The first two pictures are a gold Cigar pen with amboyna burl and the next one is a chrome flat top, also in amboyna burl. Both are twist pen kits.

Next is a pen made of a piece of curly ash I cut out of my workbench stock when I made the 21st century bench. I put too many coats of CA on the pen and it chipped away when I tried to remove the pen from the bushings. I now know that a cheap parting tool is very valuable for removing CA overflow at the pen/bushing jointline. Now it’s my knockabout daily work pen but is also a testament to the durabilty of a CA finish because I truly don’t afford it any special treatment (other than the usual care one should take with a favorite personal item).

I just had to try some snakewood and that’ll be the fourth picture. I’m sorta testing the durabilty of the snakewood as it’s so prone to checking. I coated all sides of the pen with thin CA during the process in an attempt to seal the wood fully. A month later and so far no cracking.

The last pen (a screwcap Flattop rollerball) was actually my third pen ever attempted and I experimented a bit too much all at one time. Playing with dye, CA and worst of all, a parting tool.. all for the first time. Oh well, it was mostly a success and if the parting tool hadn’t chipped the edge of the superglue so badly it wouldn’t have been a horrible effort. Subsequent efforts to prevent the pen from bleeding dye onto my shirts has resulted in some ugly CA buildup on the metal parts but it was a valuable learning experience.

Cheers!

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....





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thatwoodworkingguy

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#1 posted 1546 days ago

Gorgeous pen. I love the wood!

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 1546 days ago

Great pens. Now you are hooked by the pen guy. LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1546 days ago

Super pen

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tucsoncyclist

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#4 posted 1545 days ago

Before you finish the pen, pull it off the mandrel and apply a little wax to the area between the bushing and wood. Reassemble and finish. This will help prevent the CA from gluing the blank to the bushing.

They look good.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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yarydoc

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#5 posted 1545 days ago

Nice work.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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Kieth

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#6 posted 1542 days ago

Nice job… wont be long before you move on to bowls and such. i couldnt stop with the pens.

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