Honduran Rosewood Burl Baron & more

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 07-29-2011 07:17 PM 1647 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been busy making a lot of other pens over the last couple weeks and I feel very satisfied with how most of them have turned out. This Honduran rosewood is the prettiest wood I have used so far. The finish is gold titanium.

The other 2 pens are… A chrome Baron fountain pen and Baroness (Sedona) rollerball. The fountain pen is another “burl & swirl” made from buckeye burl cast in blue & green acrylic. The rollerball is a beautiful blue acrylic that I think goes along perfectly with the chrome hardware. I like this one a lot and am very tempted to use it as my own personal pen.

The two wooden pens are finished with about 10 coats of CA glue, sanded to 12000 grit, polished with 3 coats of plastic polish and then buffed with an ultra fine plastic buffing compound. The acrylic is done without a CA finish.
The “burl & swirl” also needs to be sanded to at least 4000 grit before applying the CA due to the fact that sanding scratches are much more visible in the acrylic.

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 08:17 PM

These are beautiful pens! You have mastered pen making quicker than anybody I ever heard of!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 10:21 PM

Wow. The finest I’ve ever sanded down to is 1200grit. Is 12000grit on a paper backing or in powder form? No wonder you have a glass like finish to your pens.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 10:54 PM

Thank you guys.

Martyn- I use different sanding material for different stages. I prefer to use paper (which I have up to 2500 grit) on wood before finish… I only go as high as needed before I can’t see the scratches by eye… sometimes 600 is enough depending on the wood and grain.

For the “Burl & swirls” since I have to go higher than 2500 and also since the wood is stabilized throughout with acrylic, it behaves differently and after 1000 grit paper, I move on to “Abralon pads” which I have up to 4000 grit. Here's a link decribing those. They are supposed to be wet/dry, but I don’t like using them wet really. I had initially bought them for final sanding before I knew of the “Micro Mesh” Pads. The micro mesh works better but IMO they only work for wet sanding.

Micro Mesh pads are foam cored as well but it’s quite rubber-like and much firmer than the Abralon. They go from 1500 grit to 12000. They work great for wet sanding acrylic (CA glue is also acrylic of course). Here's a link to the micro mesh at Lee Valley.

From what I have read in forums, the 12000 grit micro mesh has 1 micron particles. The HUT brand plastic polish that I use afterwards, I believe to be .5 micron and works really well… I find it to be more effective than the 12000 grit pad and sometimes I skip that finest grit and go right to the 3 coats of polish. The buffing compound that I use after that is definitely finer than that as it takes out the tiniest scratches left by the HUT.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#4 posted 07-29-2011 11:02 PM

Thanks for the info, Keith. Fascinating stuff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 12:28 AM

Great job on the pens Keith. They are truly a work of art. Thanks for sharing the final results with us.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 11:58 PM

Thanks a beautiful lookin Pen. Very nice!

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at

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