|Project by Jaybird719||posted 01-02-2011 11:41 PM||1357 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I turned a few more Atlas pens to give away to family as Christmas gifts.
I wanted to give my family some handmade gifts to return the favor for the generosity they have shown to my son on his first Christmas.
The pen in the center is Koa wood, while the remaining four are figured walnut.
The unfinished blanks were sanded through 600 grit, several coats of CA finish applied and cured, then wet sanded from 600 to 12,000 and finished with plastic polish.
The CA and Plastic Polish are sold as a kit through Penn State Industries.
I love the way this finish looks when it works, but I had some issues with the Walnut blanks. For some reason I was getting blotchy spots on them. It was frustrating to have to sand off the finish and start over, but I finally got a satisfactory finish on four of the walnut blanks (I turned seven total walnut blanks – I will probably sand the others off later this month when things settle back down). I still don’t know what caused the blotchiness. I cleaned the finished turning with denatured alcohol after sanding and wore gloves while applying the finish. Even the guys at PSI weren’t sure what may have caused it.
The Koa pen was a gift for my wife, while the walnut pens were made to give to my three brothers. The walnut was from a tree that had fallen on my uncle’s property 30 years ago this past November. My father and uncle salvaged the tree and had it cut at a sawmill near where I grew up. I got most of the wood that was left after my father passed away. I found a nice figured piece while milling up the wood to use for another project. It was just too nice to pass up – and the figure wouldn’t have been visible in the project that I had intended to use that particular piece – so I made several pen blanks from the small figured piece.
My wife liked the Koa pen quite a bit and will be taking it to work when she returns tomorrow from her holiday vacation. The walnut pens seemed to go over well with my brothers since they were handmade and since wood came from the tree our father wrestled with so many year ago.
Thanks for looking!
-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA