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Project by JADobson posted 03-10-2018 03:23 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t normally post my pens but I’ve done a few lately that I thought looked nice so here they are. All the kits are Flat-Tops. A few roller balls and a few fountain pens.
1) Blonde gmelia burl
2) Amboyna burl
3) Stablized maple burl
4) Crab apple

Thanks for looking.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks





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Joe

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#1 posted 03-10-2018 04:16 PM

Those are some nice pens, thanks for sharing.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#2 posted 03-10-2018 10:09 PM

These pens are beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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JADobson

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 11:02 PM

Thanks guys. I had one more in ebony but apparently forgot to take a picture before I gave it to the buyer.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 03-11-2018 01:43 AM

Nice pens.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 05:45 AM

Nice pens, great looking wood and finishes.

-- MEL, Kansas

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Derek Edman

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#6 posted 03-12-2018 07:46 PM

Those look great! if you dont mind me asking, what kind of finish did you use? I just started making pens not long ago and have been experimenting with different finishes and was curious what you did with yours?

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JADobson

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#7 posted 03-12-2018 07:56 PM

I sand to 600 and then apply a single coat of 1 pound cut shellac. Once that is dry (a few minutes) I apply around 12 coats of CA glue using an accelerator between coats. I then use micro mesh pads to wet sand to 12000. Finally I put buff it out with paste wax. CA glue seems to hold up well. I have a few daily users that I just throw in my messenger bag where they rub against my keys and phone and pocket knife. No problems yet after a few years.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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Derek Edman

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#8 posted 03-12-2018 08:21 PM

See I tried the CA glue once with the accelerator and it seemed like the accelerator made the CA glue cloudy. Ever ran into that?

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JADobson

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#9 posted 03-12-2018 08:50 PM

Yes, you are too close to the blank. I put the lathe on its slowest setting (600 rpm in my case ; slower would be better) and apply the glue to the top of the blank while rubbing a blue shop tool along its length on the bottom of the blank. Spray your accelerate from at least 12” away, 15” – 20” even better. That should take care of the cloudiness.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#10 posted 03-13-2018 12:07 AM

Thank you for your help! I made one and it turned out great!

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