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Project by JohnGreco posted 03-01-2012 03:22 PM 1681 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently moved my pen turning up a notch by foregoing the forever-flexing-mandrel and am now TBC (turning between centers). I use a dead center in the headstock with a live center in the tailstock. Because this pen uses a 7mm tube it was a bit tricky, I have been using specially made bushings for the slimline pens I’m making TBC but the end diameters of this bullet pen are different. So instead I put this on with the centers holding the blank directly and used calipers for the final dimensions.

The pen itself is a 50 caliber once fired machine gun shell with curly walnut from a tree originally harvested by Remington Rifle Co. Finished with about 8 coats of thin CA and another 5 coats of thick CA, then buffed out with some rouge and buffing wheels.

Thanks for looking.

-- John





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dakremer

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 03:57 PM

that is too cool!! My favorite pen I’ve seen on LJ’s so far!! awesome job. How much they go for?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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JohnGreco

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 04:08 PM

Thanks! These sell for $40 each but are going to see a small increase at the end of the month, thinking to $45.

-- John

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Martyroc

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 04:37 PM

Awesome looking pen, great job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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JohnGreco

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 04:50 PM

Thanks Martin!

-- John

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WoodenFrog

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 06:24 PM

Great looking pen! Have you ever fired a 50 caliber gun? You talk about fun!
Great Job! Keep it up!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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JohnGreco

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 06:46 PM

Thanks Robert, but sadly I’ve never fired a .50 cal. I’m sure it’s pretty exciting though! :)

-- John

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chopnhack

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 03:07 AM

That looks great John. The 50BMG is pricey to fire, sell more pens!! :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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JohnGreco

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 03:15 PM

Thanks! :)

-- John

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#9 posted 04-03-2012 01:39 AM

That is a beauty. Best looking bullet pen I’ve seen

-- Jeff

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JohnGreco

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#10 posted 04-03-2012 04:48 PM

Thanks, Jeff!

-- John

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#11 posted 07-06-2013 07:26 PM

That’s a beauty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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