Pen from reclaimed paneling

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Project by fortworthbret posted 01-21-2011 12:27 AM 1052 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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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.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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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?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 06:28 AM

Thanks everyone.

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.

Again, thanks.

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#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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