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First Pen, Made from a Maple Glue-Up

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-02-2012 10:00 PM 711 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2012—“Sawdust Tom” bought a beautiful Delta Mini/Midi Lathe. He is turning all sorts of things. We decided to try to make some pens. He helped me with this one, my very first pen.

I made the blank from maple boards, glued up, and then cut on the bias. It makes an interesting pattern in the pen, but the effect is very subtle. This is shaped on the lathe, then sanded to 12,000 grit. There are three coats of Gorilla “super glue” on it for a finish, and then the finish was polished to 12,000 grit. Very smooth and shiny!

This is the “Wall Street II” pen with the twist mechanism, from Woodcraft. I showed my wife and she liked it so much she asked to keep it. So now I need to make some more! :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 07-02-2012 10:33 PM

Very hansome pen Art! I don’t balme your wife for wanting to keep it!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 07-02-2012 11:43 PM

Beware the mystical magic of pen making. It can get you under it’s spell and before you know it you have made 30 more than you have a market for. . . voice of experience here. They are fun and easy, and I enjoyed making some very unique pens with laminations, inlays, wood burning, and paint. One of the best had some redheart dowel glued into the maple blanks at a a strong angle. Made some interesting oblong and contrasting shapes. That one- of course- sold right away.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 02:14 AM

Very elegant writing tool

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

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