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Some pens I've turned

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Project by GeorgeInNWFla posted 08-27-2018 05:09 PM 335 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here are some of my first pen turnings. I mostly turn just cedar, oak and walnut. However I did manage to get a couple of blanks of snakewood. One pen was sold, I still have the one in the photo, and I’ve still got one more blank. The snakewood wasn’t that hard to work with. As I was drilling out the blank, I would “snake” (haha) a can of compressed air into the blank as it was turning. Worked well to keep the heat down. Still had to do just a little at a time, though. The second pen in that pic is a patchwork of different kinds of woods I had in my scrap box. Finally, the pen display stand is turned from a 4×4 stick of mesquite that I got from a heavy duty shipping pallet.

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.





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#1 posted 08-28-2018 02:25 PM

Nice! Did you have any problem with the snakewood cracking? Also, what finish did you use? Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 07:12 PM

I did have a couple of cracks start to happen, but luckily they happened while I was about a third of the way into turning it. I let it cool completely for a few hours, then filled the cracks with some super glue, let it dry completely and was able to turn them out without them getting bigger. I was extremely paranoid after reading what others had said about snakewood, and me being a somewhat newbie at pen turning. I can’t remember where I saw the tip for blowing out the hole during drilling, but it worked like a champ. The finish is a few coats of Zinnser shellac, followed by a few coats of spoon butter. The spoon butter really softens the feel of the pen and makes it more “touchable”.

-- Leave out the fiction. The fact is this friction will only be worn by persistence. Leave out conditions. Courageous convictions will drag the dream into existence.

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