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Project by clieb91 posted 08-26-2012 02:28 AM 1210 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twenty pens I finished assembling this evening. I like to make them in batches and do each step to all the blanks at once.

These are all made from wood that was collected at my work and they will be going back to work for sale. Since most of the wood I get can be a bit on the drab side I have been experimenting with various ways to add some character and depth. The colored pens you see are wood and were dyed after being sanded then were finished with EEE and wax.A few were finished with beeswax from work’s beehives, though I still need to work on that finish so I did not do all of them that way. The pens with the darker wood were friction burned with another piece of wood after sanding then finished with EEE, Wodturner’s Finish and wax. If anyone has any other ideas that they use to add some character to domestic woods I am always open for ideas.

Some of the woods in no particular order: Hydranga, Holly, Dogwood, Red Tip Photina, Cherry

Thanks for looking.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)





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spunwood

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 12:15 PM

Very colorful. Well done man.

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 01:27 PM

You can burn/burnish them with the shavings, it also helps smooth them after sanding. Beware of not sanding past 320 grit, the sawdust remains in the pores and prevents the finish from really making the wood pop.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 01:32 PM

BTW I might end up stealing the idea of that holding jig of yours ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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clieb91

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 02:53 PM

Thomas, I did play with the shavings a bit as well. Most of these though were done with a piece of wood held against the pen till it burned. I happen to have a scrap sitting on my bench that had a nice triangle cut to it and it worked real well.

Go ahead and steal away. It works great for making multiple pens at one time. I made mine stepped so it was easier to see and access. Most of them I have seen are flat.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Rustic

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 06:41 PM

what is the dowel size? Very nice pens.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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clieb91

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 08:06 PM

Thank you Rick. The dowels are 3/16”. The base is glued up OSB any scrap can be used. In fact I am contemplating a slightly larger one as this one holds 20 pens.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 08-27-2012 12:45 AM

Great idea on the base! I will be stealing that. My wife is a pen making machine

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#8 posted 08-27-2012 01:33 AM

HI CHRIS
That is quite a assortment of pens and domestic woods.
I always look for and try come up with textures for the limited wood choices I have available and texturing/knurling comes to mind as a treatment for the pens .

-- Kiefer 松

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clieb91

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#9 posted 08-27-2012 02:42 AM

Thanks All,
@kiefer, do you have a favorite texturing tool? I have looked at a few but have yet to purchase one.

@JumberJoe, Please feel free, I have seen your wife’s recent work.. you may want to think about a large one :)

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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rance

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#10 posted 08-27-2012 07:41 AM

I like your use of color.

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#11 posted 08-27-2012 02:20 PM

i love the jig, Something so simple, I never thought of that.

-- Larry, North Carolina, http://www.facebook.com/#!/woodworkin

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#12 posted 08-27-2012 02:34 PM

Very cool. Have you ever tried using a wire burner? I’ll put 7-8 of them on the tip on occasion to make grip rings on pens. Just make some small “V” cuts with your skew and then the friction from the wire will burn them in.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#13 posted 08-27-2012 03:26 PM

Impressive! I really like the colors.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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clieb91

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#14 posted 08-28-2012 01:54 AM

Thanks again guys.

@turningheads- I have the set of three from craftsupplies and have used them for some decorative touches, may have to give the finger grip thing a try. thanks

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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kiefer

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#15 posted 08-28-2012 02:40 AM

Chris I have seen a spring steel vibrating tool used on the lathe and LEE VALLEY may just have one ,also a Dremel like tool would give you a lot of possibilities .
A pine cone section may also work ,see my last post.

-- Kiefer 松

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