|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 02-20-2008 10:10 PM||1984 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I decided that I didn’t have enough stuff that I’m interested in, so I thought I’d try pen turning. It occurred to me that I could give them away to my business associates when they achieved a given level of performance. The pen would be appropriate to our business, and being hand made, it would provide a personal touch to the gift.
I got to looking at all the possibilities for wood blanks and decided that, while the exotic woods will ultimately be great, my first pen (which I figured might be a throw-away) should be made from something cheap. (have I ever mentioned that I was cheap?)
Since I have previously turned tool handles from sticks appropriated from a neighbor’s woodpile, and since I had a few left over, and since I’m cheap…I guess I said that before… I decided to use an ash remnant.
I just squared it up a bit and followed the instructions I downloaded from Woodcraft for the kit I bought, and
“turned” my stick into a pen.
I left the color natural, and used some leftover water based polyurethane for the finish. That worked really great. I just dipped a corner of cloth into the finish & wiped it on while it turned. That finish dried within minutes on the lathe and I did a second coat.
I let the piece spin for 2 or 3 minutes, and it was dry enough to assemble. This could become habit forming. -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you