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Project by Chefdavid posted 01-01-2012 12:12 AM 1570 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Goofing around in the shop I said to myself out loud…. I should see if I could make a pen with plywood.. Had some oak plywood laying so I went to work. Here is the end results. I think the results are amazing. I love how in each layer there are different colors and how even each layer is not the same thickness. Needless to say I will be making more of these.. I guess the ultimate test is to see if they will sell!! Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome!!

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 01:13 AM

I think you have stumbled onto something here! I bet a bit harder to sand with the end grain down the whole pen? What finish did you end up using that filled the end grain? Any strength issues with the plys running this way? Lots of questions, but have to say this is a nice looking pen, always different looking it whatever light it finds itself in. Thanks for sharing.

-Mike

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 03:10 AM

Looks wonderful, keep them coming. Your right and the colors stand out so well

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 04:46 AM

Plywood pen ???? wow that’s cool.

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 06:08 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Hacksaw I will try to answer your questions the best I can. Sanding it was not hard at all. It smoothed up real nice. I started with a 100 grit to a 400 grit. You can still feel the ridges in the ply which I think gives it some character. I finished it by putting about 5 coats of danish oil on it which helps harden the wood. I let it dry in between each coat. Than I put 4 coats of Thin CA glue on it. Than for the finishing coats I used Shellwax to shine it up. It is a light weight but with all the layers of finish I did to it, it should hold up well.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 05:44 PM

David, this is a great idea! I like how you have the layers running, giving it all that banding. I’d think your finish would be more than sufficient to keep it together and in good shape. What adhesive did you use for the initial lamination for the blank? Keep us posted on this budding series.

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 02:25 AM

Jonathan I use just plain old wood glue for the initial laminations..

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 06:01 AM

That is a very unique looking pen which I am sure will generate some sales .

Kiefer

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Chefdavid

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 11:49 PM

Thanks kiefer, and yes it has generated some sales!!

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