|Project by derosa||posted 09-03-2012 12:01 PM||833 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I decided to get into pen making a little since I have a lathe and some people seem to like it so much; I can see the attraction in getting something done so quickly and efficiently and finding a way to really bring out the grain in a piece of wood. Not to mention turning something on the lathe just seems so much more satisfying then cutting and gluing; even if you have to do that just to get to the lathe. Both these pens are slimlines and I’ve discovered that even with a lathe and turning tools this is not a cheap thing to get into.
The first of the two is applewood and I’m only satisfied with it as it is the first I ever made. I knew I wanted the bottom to be fatter but I wasn’t certain how to deal with the top. I slimmed it down a little but it made the pen tipsy and top heavy; not to mention the pieces are too thick and so the ends don’t smooth down into the trim pieces. I’d never used CA glue before and that has a bit of a curve as well so the surface isn’t as smooth as I’d like. Hard to tell in the pic but the grain does line up, on this one I left off the clip to make it smoother looking. The end is slightly dirty in the pic because my toddler managed to chew on it before I could get the pic.
The second is ebony with the black line clip in the gold slimline kit. This looks every bit as sweet as I would have liked. Learning from the first piece the top is thinned right down. The polishing of the top gave me fits though; I think I was putting the same time and effort into sanding the glue and applying polish to both pieces but with the thinner diameter that was over doing the job; I eventually sanded all the CA off the one, put it on the mandrel with just an insert and reglued and polished it as its own piece. That did the trick. Both pieces came out exactly smooth and polished. One end of the top piece didn’t exactly match the band but since the grain doesn’t show up on the ebony I just flipped it over and it fit without noticing it being oversized on the clip end.
Overall it has been a learning experience and I’ll be turning these out for family gifts; just enough to enjoy the satisfaction but not build into an addiction.
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse