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First Wall Street and First Acrylic

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Project by lumberjoe posted 590 days ago 587 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After turning a few slimlines, I wanted to try something new. Woodcraft has the Wall Street II kits on sale this month so I grabbed a few as well as a Whiteside 27/64” drill bit (that was 25$! I swear they make such odd sizes to fleece us pan makers as much as possible).
I also wanted to try and acrylic blank. I found a problem: This blank looks green because you can see the brass tube through it! It is actually black with dark grey flecks. I’ll be painting my tubes from now on. Acrylic is easy to turn. I will say I like working with wood A LOT more though. It smells horrible and the ribbons get wrapped around the mandrel. It is just wet sanded up to 12,000 with micromesh – no other finish

The second is a copper kit with cocobolo. That is my favorite. It looks really cool. The last is Holly. What an easy wood to work with and turn. The picture is kind of yellow, but it is pure white. It looks like ivory when finished and is a great contrast with the black and silver kit. Both the wood pens are finished with HUT after sanding from 150 to 12,000

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rance

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#1 posted 590 days ago

Nice job on all three. I’ve come to like acrylic more than wood. Reason, MM to 12ki and you’re done. Works EVERY time. There are a few blanks I stay away from from WC. Strawberry is one of them. The Invisiview fix the problem you had, but they sure are gummy. Cobalt is nice. I’ve sorta switched from a lot of Cigar pens to WS IIs. You can turn them twice as fast and they also assemble much quicker.

Bring on some more pens. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 590 days ago

WSII’s are 15% off all month. Also I am a member of the local pen turners club and we get another 20% off at woodcraft on pen kits and supplies. My wife is out turning her acrylic now. She is really into it and wants to make her own blanks. She found a lot of info on penturners and can’t wait to try it. The resin and hardner has been ordered. A gallon should go a long way.

I want to try the Euro style pens next, but you are right. Wall streets assemble VERY quickly. I made 4, but I didn’t have a 27/64” reamer for the first one. Needless to say I didn’t get all the CA out. After assembled, it won’t twist.

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#3 posted 590 days ago

I use my 10mm Cigar reamer for the WS’s. I slip a spare Cigar tube over the pilot and insert it into a WS. You might have to use a pin knife to clean the glue out of the tube first.

Personally, I hate the Euros. I don’t like trying to get that tennon to fit the CB. I do slimlines(that don’t look like slimlines), Cigars, and now WS’s. I refuse to ‘tool up’ for any and all the various pen kits. For variations, borrow a copy or buy the Kip & Rex Vol I video. They show you nine ways from Sunday to change the style of a Slimline.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 590 days ago

I’d be VERY interested to learn your methods. What do your slimlines look like?

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