Cross-grain Bocote rollerball pen

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Project by CiscoKid posted 10-29-2010 07:12 PM 1952 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A piece of bocote turned across the grain. Must use sharp tools and light cuts to prevent blowouts. I won’t even tell you guys how many I blew up before getting this one right. Kit is a Statesman with rhodium plating and 22k gold trim. 20 thin coats of cyanoacrylate buffed to 12,000 grit and polished with glass polish as usual. Comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 07:44 PM


-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 12:20 AM

I love that pen. True craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 01:15 AM

20 coats…..... Wow! That is a nice nice pen

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 02:37 AM


Now this is one Gorgeous Pen!! I have used CA and even 20 coats but never, never glass polish. Now are you talking Glass Wax, or somthing else?

Thanks for sharing!
‘SedcoKid’ aka Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 06:33 AM

wonderful grain pattern, thanks for posting.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#6 posted 10-30-2010 11:56 AM

Thank you for the kind comments. I use automotive glass polish from Griots, Chuck. Not sure what the difference between it and plastic polish is, but I had the glass polish on hand so….

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 10-30-2010 05:18 PM

great pen,
how long have ypu been turning? I have been pondering starting up andlearning how to turn to make a little cash on the side.

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 08:30 PM

LOL! You want to make a little cash turning pens? Start with a lot of cash. Seriously, I don’t know of anybody who doesn’t just barely break even and most don’t even get that lucky.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 12:19 AM

Studiousmatt, I agree with Cisco…. I have been doing work on the side for a long time and I feel lucky if I break even. I have seen turners that ask a arm and leg for hollow forms and bowls but don’t know how many they sell. Think of it as a good hobby and something to keep you busy…. And most of all just have fun ;)

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 05:11 AM

I agree with everyone. I’ve been turning pens and bottle stoppers for a year and I decided the best way to not worry about breaking even is Don’t Keep Track Of It. I am lucky in that my daughter has a pack & ship store where she sells the pens so I’m satisfied. Like Chuck said just make sure you don’t turn it from fun to work. Bravo Zulu on the pen. Looks great. I do more acrylic than wood because the dust from a lot of the exotic woods make me break out.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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