Buckeye Burl and Acrylic Baron

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This was my first rollerball pen. The hardware is gold titanium, which is probably THE most durable finish you can get and looks identical to 24k gold. The body is a gnarly buckeye burl piece filled with green pearlescent acrylic. I am moving up in the world of pen turning but the costs are going up exponentially as well :). I would really love to get into making my own acrylics & hybrids like this one but can’t afford to get into that just yet.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 02:29 AM

keith this is a beauty…very well done…maybe some day i will afford one of these from you and add it to my collection…your on a good road with these and im sure going to be successful with them…keep up the good work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 02:40 AM

Very nice Keith, It looks majestic!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 05:52 AM

I think you’ve been lying to us. I can’t believe you’ve only been turning pens for a very short time. Each one looks better than the last.
How do you get such a high gloss shine on the wood part of the pen?


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#4 posted 07-07-2011 01:53 PM

Since this has wood and acrylic, I had to sand up to very high grit before putting the finish. Then I use many coats CA glue (thin followed by medium) for the finish and sand up to 12000 grit, followed by plastic polish and then ultra fine plastic compound on a special buffing wheel for acrylic. The CA (cyanoacrylate) glue is probably the most difficult part of whole deal. The biggest problem is the CA glue sticks the wood to the bushings I use when turning and its very hard to cut it off of the bushing without causing the CA to lift ever so slightly on the ends. This probably accounts for nearly half of my screw ups… My pile of reject pens and parts is growing :)

I have new lathe parts on the way so I can (hopefully) finish without bushings but my package has been caught in the postal strike. I hope it didn’t get lost.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 02:13 PM

Thanks. I noticed the gloss was so high and am always interested on other’s techniques for getting such results.
12000 Grit? Wow. I don’t even know where to get that fine of sandpaper. I know one guy that works his sanding up to and including finishing with coffee filters and white paper as final “grits”.


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#6 posted 07-07-2011 02:30 PM

I forgot to mention that I wet sand. The finish does look quite good with just the wet sand to 12000 grit. But here’s everything I use:

Micro Mesh sanding pads.,250,43243,43245

HUT plastic polish.

Ultra fine Plastic-Glo compound and string buffing wheel.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 07:17 PM

Keith, very nice pens. I turned one at a friend’s house & am just about to started turning them in my own shop in earnest. Tools, blanks, kits arriving in the mail as I write. I am interested in your photography. Your pictures are beautiful. Are you using a light box? Homemade? do you have a photo of that setup. Love your choice of backgrounds for the pens, too. Great work.


-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys.

I haven’t gotten around to setting up a light box yet.

These photos were taken outside in the shade on a bright sunny day. I set the EV setting on the camera to +0.7 or +1 and leave everything else on auto. I have 7.2MP Sony Cybershot camera, its nothing fancy. Neither are my photgraphy skills :). I use Photoshop afterwards to help lighten the rather underexposed body of the the pen. Photoshop has shadows/highlights adjustment which I find works really well if used in moderation. My pictures wouldn’t look that great in this lighting without it.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 09:27 PM

That’s a beauty Keith.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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