Pens for my dad's 65th birthday

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Project by Eric_S posted 12-18-2010 09:48 PM 1849 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for my dad’s Birthday as title says. The wood is Redwood Burl courtesy of EricRFP. The pens are PSI’s Broadwell Nouveau Sceptre Pen Kits, one Rollerball and one Fountain pen. The pieces are high quality and assembly went very smooth. I really like these pens, but the kits are pricey.

Finish used was 6 coats of BLO/CA, 2x of Plastic Polish, 2x EEE Cream, 2x Renaissance Wax.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 10:45 PM

Very very nice set you’re going to make your dad very happy.

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 10:46 PM

Very Beautiful pens indeed! I know that your Dad will treasure these pens that you made. I have made many pens and have always struggled with the finish. I will try your finish and see what happens.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 02:59 AM

Gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to get into turning for a while. This was the “nudge” for me. :-) Great job!

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 10:54 PM

Glad I could help with the nudge Celldss.

Thank you all for the compliments.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#5 posted 12-23-2010 02:55 AM

They are beautiful. Your dad will treasure them.


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#6 posted 12-24-2010 04:39 PM

Any tips for the rosewood Burl. I tried to turn a 7mm one last week and found the wood to be softer and cracked and chipped easily and never successfully finished it. It looks like the end result is worth the wait.

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 04:48 PM

I had a little tear out but left enough to sand through that. After using the roughing gouge to turn it round, I sharpened my gouge and skew again for final passes before sanding. I also applied a thin coat of BLO to help seal the wood(I think) and fill in some tearout with sawdust after 600 grit and then after the BLO I sanded again with 600 grit up to 12,000. Then I applied the finish.

Oh, take it really slow. I took very small cuts and spent probably an hour on each pen since I didn’t want to screw this set up.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 04-08-2011 12:45 AM

very nice pens, great looking finish.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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