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Project by Eric_S posted 01-14-2011 01:07 AM 1020 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pen for my wife’s birthday. She asked if I could make her a nice pen that was girly. While I don’t think the kit by itself is girly, the wood choice of a Wine color dye maple burl blank helped make it that way. It was a lot of fun to make and see purple shavings flying everywhere. However, this was my first stabilized pen and I had to switch out my masks dust filter for an organic one due to the resin dust.

The 4th picture is with one coat of CA/BLO, the 5th picture is with all layers of finsih on. Finish used was 6 coats of BLO and CA, then a couple coats of Plastic Polish, a couple of EEE Shine Cream and a couple coats of Renaissance wax.

I have another one of these kits I’m going to use with a stabilized natural color maple burl that I hope will turn out well.

Kit: Apollo Infinity by Penn State Industries
Blank: Big Leaf Maple Burl with Wine dye from local Rockler

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN





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NBeener

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 01:31 AM

Wow.

This turned out beautiful !

I tend to agree—neither a pen, generally, nor that kit is particularly ‘girly,’ but that …. what is it called ? Lattice ? Scroll work ?? in the middle gives it a very classy and feminine touch !

Very cool. My brother banged out a pen for me (he turns. Me: not so much), in about 45 minutes. To this day, it’s among my prized possessions. I’m sure she’ll love it !

-- -- Neil

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 02:17 AM

Thanks, she did love it indeed. I think I’d call it scroll work. It looks even better in person, it has a much more of a purple tone than I see in the pic. Looks almost maroon in this one.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 02:36 AM

Good job Eric. The most ‘girly’ pen I’ve made was using a pink pearl (think it may have been called ‘bubble gum’) acrylic pen blank. It was very feminine, even in the Euro-style kit, but I like your filigree even better. I’ve made quite a few acrylic pens and always finished them with nothing more than Micro-mesh. Take that puppy up to 12,000 and it is smooth as a baby’s butt. I’ve done the same with the stabilized burls, but they do benefit from a coating of something.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 02:58 AM

Thank you Donna. Filigree, thanks for that term that sounds more accurate. They just call it the “infinity” band – a revolutionary 3-D band style exclusive to the Apollo Infinity™”. I was thinking of doing an acrylic since I knew I could get pinks and purples in those easily but wanted to stay with woods for the time being. I was also tempted to use the Princess kit which has crystals along the center band and clip, but thought this kit would look better.

I use the micro mesh as well up to 12,000. Love it! Super smooth and brings out a nice basic shine. Unfortunately I don’t have a pic of that one but yeah, Here is one from right before I went through all the grits.

I’m really digging the BLO/CA combination for the base of the finish but I’m thinking of trying my next one with just CA and see if it doesn’t darken the pens as much as with BLO. I’ll still use the waxes though after. Its amazing what they do to the finish.

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-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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LEITH

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 03:30 AM

Beautiful work!

-- LEITH, SOUTH CAROLINA

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gbrown4

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 05:33 AM

Beautiful pen!!! I just picked me up a mandrel saver from Penn State Industries. It really works well, no more nut on end. Just place your blanks and bushings on then slide your mandrel up on the bushing and tighten the tail stock down.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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Eric_S

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 02:38 PM

Hey Greg, other than not having to tighten a nut what does it do? I don’t mind the nut and I don’t tighten down the tailstock enough to bend the mandrel.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 04:35 PM

Neil, thats a beautiful pen.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Eric_S

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 04:36 PM

Thanks Charles. I’m Eric though lol ;)

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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NBeener

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 04:53 PM

Eric: We were having a private conversation about your work.

Do you mind ? ;-)

I agree, Charles. It IS a beautiful pen !

-- -- Neil

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Eric_S

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#11 posted 01-14-2011 04:55 PM

Lol too funny.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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superstretch

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#12 posted 01-14-2011 08:08 PM

So.. Perhaps I’m a little uneducated, but the wood is dyed all the way through? The pen looks fantastic. Thats the next thing I’d like to learn how to do/tools i want to buy ^_^

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Eric_S

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#13 posted 01-14-2011 08:51 PM

Yeah, I’d love to learn how to dye them myself if that is even possible to do at home, that dyed blank was $9. I believe its the same process they use to stabilize. They inject it under high pressure to force it through. I dont know if its possible to do at home, maybe soak a blank for a while or dye it after turned which I dont know if it would look as good.

Anyone know how its done?

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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