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I just started making pens a couple weeks ago, but got this idea almost as soon as I turned the lathe on.
This paneling came from a room in my house that was my uncle’s room in the 50’s and 60’s,
I’m shipping the pen off to him tomorrow.
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#1 posted 01-21-2011 12:31 AM
Wow that looks incredible! What a good idea for using old paneling..
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#2 posted 01-21-2011 12:33 AM
I like the idea and I too love turning pens.
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#3 posted 01-21-2011 01:40 AM
Thought: use that same wood to make a box for the pen. :)
Looks really sweet, mate. Thanks for sharing.
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#4 posted 01-21-2011 01:53 AM
oh I like the pen box idea
what a beautiful pen… did you just glue layers of the paneling together before turning it?
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#5 posted 01-21-2011 06:28 AM
Yes, The paneling was a hardwood veneer on a pine backing. It was hanging in that room for over 50 years, so it was dry as can be.
I glued a stack of it with titebond, and set to work on it.
well, the pine was tearing out right and left, following the original veneer glue coming apart. I built another blank and soaked it in polyurethane under 22 inches of vacuum for 3 days (until it quit bubbling).
This helped a lot, but I still had to be extremely careful with it. I guess learning what I’m doing at the lathe will help this.
The finish is 3 coats of CA, sanded down with micromesh, followed by a couple coats of the HUT pen finish stick.
#6 posted 01-21-2011 11:12 AM
I’ve soaked wood in “wood hardener” .. have no idea whether that is helpful or not :)
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