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Project by Napaman posted 1405 days ago 1272 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While “overdue” gifts may be my style…Overdue pens are not some new style you have never heard of…This weekend I finally finished a set of three long overdue pens that friends had requested and although long overdue they turned out pretty nice.

The bright red pen is for my friend and neighbor Jonnie. One day, a long time ago, he was with me in my shop when he spotted the red pen blank. From that day I had always planned on making it for him. Recently Jonnie mentioned that they may move—-and the first thought that came to me was that I better get to that pen! I made it last weekend and it was my first pen in quite a while—unfortunately I bunged it up a bit (sorry Jonnie!)...I took a chunk out that is now hidden by the pen clip. But the color in person is still really nice…

The other two pens are for the daughters of a colleague and friend at my school. Last winter I made he and his son (Ryan) a pen for Christmas…

I made Ryan an acrylic pen…and when he took it home his little sister and wanted one too! I put the pens on my gift list—-which seems to be long since I try to make most of my stuff for other people…when I made the pen for Jonnie I decided it would be nice to finally do the series all at once. That weekend I bought the girls’ blanks new (they are not the original ones their dad had picked) so that I could try a new style…

So far I had only made 7mm Slimline Pens…but always wanted to try a more sophisticated pen…I bought pre-drilled and prepped blanks so that I could do them faster and get to them this week…I highly recommend pre-drilled/prepped blanks!!! They are a bit more expensive…but it made it a lot easier to get to them.

The girls’ pens are both European Pen sets. They use 7mm tubes but one is longer so that a tenon can be cut into them for the middle ring. Both tenons came out well…had to take them on and off the lathe several times to be sure all the parts would fit and they came out well!

I sanded all of them to 600 and then used friction polish.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007





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merle

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#1 posted 1405 days ago

verynice

-- merle

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1405 days ago

Those are some nice pens.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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yarydoc

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#3 posted 1405 days ago

Nice work.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 1404 days ago

I like them very much … looks like a nice way to spend a few hours on the weekend. How you enjoyed yourself.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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degoose

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#5 posted 1404 days ago

If I did turn I would like to be able to turn as well as you obviously do..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 1404 days ago

Nice looking pens.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Napaman

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#7 posted 1404 days ago

thanks everyone!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Karson

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#8 posted 1404 days ago

Matt: Some great looking pens. I’ve never tried acrilic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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darryl

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#9 posted 1404 days ago

sweet looking pens! I think the purple one is my favorite.
your finish looks fantastic.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 1404 days ago

Some very nice pens, now you have to design one that looks like a sailboat. <(:O}&

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 1404 days ago

Beautiful job Matt.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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lew

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#12 posted 1404 days ago

Matt!!

Love that orange one!!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jack1

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#13 posted 1404 days ago

Nice design and really eye catching too!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Shopsmithtom

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#14 posted 1403 days ago

That’s nice work, there. You must have a really cool lathe to do work like that. Is it one that you would recommend to me? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Napaman

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#15 posted 1403 days ago

Tom I would highly recommend this lathe…it is the only one on the market that comes with a drill press, disc sander, side boring and table saw capability! Now how many lathes can do that?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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