Euro-Style Pens

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What I did with my Sunday.

Euro Style twist pens. The top row is walnut and maple in various designs – mostly I was trying different things with glue-ups. These are the designs I liked, the rest went in the burn barrel. The kits are inexpensive gun-metal models from Craft Supplies USA. I really like that kit, I can buy a 100 of them at a pop without breaking the bank.

The bottom row are higher end models, exotic hardwoods, gold, and customized center rings. Again the kits are from CS USA, the center rings I order in bulk separately.

All are finished in BLO/CA with a coat of Mylan’s friction wax as a final coat.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 11:01 AM

very nice, I like the glue-ups!! do you sell these?

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 11:13 AM

Those are very nice. They really would make great gifts for Christmas.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 03:03 PM

Nice group of pens there Jim great work.


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

tomakazi, I do sell them, sometimes before they even come off the lathe.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#5 posted 10-05-2010 01:48 AM

Very nice pens. If I may ask, what for glue are you using to to these wonderful layups. Love the colors.

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 03:31 AM

To create the blanks, I use 2P-10 (Medium), a two part commercial CA glue. I like this type of glue for these particular glue-ups because it leaves a thin black line between each segment, which highlights the division between the woods. Also, the bond is instant, meaning I don’t have to wait to drill and set the tubes. I did twenty glue-ups in a hour on Sunday, including drilling.

To set the pen tubes in the blanks I usually use an expanding polyurethane glue like Gorilla glue – of course, that means you have to wait a day for the glue to cure. If I want instant gratification, I use 2P-10 (Thick) without the Activator. Takes about 10-15 minutes to cure.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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