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Making a celtic knot pen was a first for me, but I decided to make it along with an aluminum inlay outlining the knot, also a first for me. All in all I’m pretty happy with it. Curly Maple body with Mahogany knot on a chrome vertex kit from PSI.

Finished with 15 coats of CA and buffed. Thanks for looking.

-- John





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joey bealis

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 02:56 PM

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 03:20 PM

Thanks Joey!

-- John

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 03:34 PM

Impressive. I can’t figure out how you did it.

-- Kayvon

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 06:00 PM

Thanks. I made a 45 degree cut on each side and filled the kerf with a piece of mahogany sandwiched by thin aluminum sheet.

-- John

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 07:03 PM

So, you just glued the aluminum sheet to both sides of the mahogony? Was it thick aluminum foil or a real sheet of aluminum?

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 07:14 PM

It was actually soda can that I cleaned and sanded down to remove the ink. Then I measured off a slice of Mahogany so it + the 2 pieces of aluminum = the same thickness as the kerf. Made each cut -nearly- all the way through and filled the cut with a soda can/mahogany/soda can combo using 5 minute epoxy. after it cured, trimmed it flush, rotated 90 degrees and repeated the process.

The hole for the brass tube has to be spot-on or else the knot will come out all funky. Mine was just off by a hair and even that was noticeable.

-- John

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router

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 07:36 PM

Your pen looks great.

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#8 posted 03-13-2012 01:30 AM

Thanks!

-- John

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#9 posted 03-13-2012 04:30 AM

Wow, amazing! Next time we want a blog series- soda can, genius.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#10 posted 03-13-2012 05:22 AM

Very ingenuous approach John and very cool looking pen .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-13-2012 11:43 AM

Thanks! The soda can wasn’t my idea, I got that from other pen turners :)

-- John

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 01:37 AM

That’s one of the finest looking pens I have seen in a while. I look at other sites as well and it is still the finest looking. Sure wish I could do that….Thanks for the pics.

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#13 posted 03-15-2012 01:01 PM

Thanks!

-- John

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