Checkerboard Pen and others

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Project by tom427cid posted 02-10-2012 03:41 PM 1845 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some pens that I turned a few years ago. These,and a few others I kept,some because they were a prototype or the wood was particularly special.
The first one with the checkerboard is made with Maple,Ebony,and Satine. The finish is polished CA.
The second one is crotch Ebony with a shopmade center band.The finish is polished CA
The third is curly Tulipwood.It uses a click mechanism.The finish is polished CA.
The fourth is crotch Ebony.The finish is polished CA
Thanks for looking.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 04:27 PM

Very Nice Tom,
I need to ask, I noticed on the checkered and the Tulip there is no band. Is this your own design idea? How do you go seamless like that, your alignment is spot on. Very nice.

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 04:45 PM

I like your pens. Does the checkerboard twist in the center of the pattern, or above the checkerboard? I’m assuming it is a twist-pen? I admire your innovation and shop made center band.


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#3 posted 02-11-2012 02:29 AM

Thanks for the comments.
MrWizard,the seamless joint;when I had a really nice piece of wood I would turn the blanks without any center bushing.The curly tulip was a wonderful surprise(that’s why I kept it).If I remember I changed the kit a bit to have the broad expance of wood.
BarbS,the checkerboard twists above the center,but either way the stripes line up.
Many of the pens that I turned I played mix and match with kit components. There was a look that I tried to create. Also I would activly search for odd colors and outrageous grain patterns. The pen that I had the most fun doing was a White Oak knot. I was visiting a wood supplier and picked a broken piece of White oak out of the trash.Mostly a large knot. Guy asked why I wanted it-told him to make a pen. He was not laughing when I gave him a pen made from that knot! He treated me well and I wanted to say thanks.(all laughing aside)

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 02:33 PM

Great pens, thanks for sharing.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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