My first pens/pencils

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Project by Troutsman posted 01-17-2012 08:02 AM 1088 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a few of my first pens and pencils that I have turned. I received my lathe for Christmas and have turned about 10 pens/pencils and a few game calls. The first two are made from Jobillo. The inlay on the Jobillo is made from a hotel key card and apple wood. The third pen is made from Utah Jasper and the fourth is made from blue glacier acrylic.

It has been a lot of fun turning these and I look forward to turning many more.

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 08:23 AM

Very cool pen and pencil set. nice work,

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 04:03 PM

Awesome looking pens. Great job !

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 03:43 AM

Very nice! How are you making those inlays?

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 06:41 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Sam, I have been using a Celtic knot process that has you cut on an angle on all four sides of the piece and then glue in the inlay pieces. Here is a link to a video on it.

I use CA glue with the inlay to set it by spreading CA on the inlay piece and spraying accelerator on the pen blank. You have maybe 2 seconds before everything sets up so you need to move fast. The key card was a mistake because I did not take the kerf into consideration. You need to make sure that whatever the thickness of the blade is, your inlay piece matches. Different Celtic knots use different angles. These were done on a 45 degree angle. I personally feel that the wider the kerf, the more angle the piece needs.

Hope this helps,


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