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Who’s bright idea was it to make a pen kit where you need to cut a tenon? I can barely get those right on square wood that isn’t spinning at 2000rpm.

This was extremely challenging and this one sucks. Also every busing is a different size, so in addition to a tenon, there are a lot of tapers. With that said, I became friends with my parting tool and I can’t wait for attempt #2.

The wood here is bubinga. Finish is MM to 12,000, EEE, then HUT crystal polish.

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Rustic

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#1 posted 667 days ago

not bad

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

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 667 days ago

I’m kind of spoiled by the wall street style. Those are substantial feeling (heavy) and nicely balanced I made this for a friend (he will be getting the second or 3rd one though, this is terrible). I don’t really like it at all. It’s really top heavy and awkward to write with.

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scottb

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#3 posted 667 days ago

oh I killed a lot of ‘slim lines’ before turning out some pens worth gifting. I thought the Euro’s were easier than the cigars (at first) as I would occasionally shorten the barrel on the cigar while squaring the blank, and then the pen wouldn’t go together (or stay together). Gotta learn by doing, but I sure hated wasting any pieces and parts.
Still, pens can be addictive to turn!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Woodbutcher3

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#4 posted 667 days ago

Lumber Joe,

These can be turned with a number of body looks. Experiment. Tapering is one way – like yours.

One I use: turn the blanks to a round. then mark about a thrid of the way out from the center. Use that as the high point of the top and bottom then give it a gentle curve out to the end bushings. This will take a little practice. The cigar pen & Wallstreet are similar. Give them a try, too.

I always keep spare brass sleeves for kits I work so I can “start over” if necessary or for when the wood slits by some strange accident – mine or a flaw in the wood. Of course, I like to say it’s usually a flaw in the wood!

I’ve also learned to disassemble a number of kits fairly successfully – again, so I can “start over”. But I also have a large bin of spares resulting from pens not coming together the way they should.

Before finishing your pen, stop it and sand with the grain. This sets up the pen for a nice clean finish.

Have fun. Like I tell the students – “If you could do it right the first time, you wouldn’t be here learning.”

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 667 days ago

Rod, thanks for the tips! As a matter of course, I do sand with the grain on most pens. I could tell this one was a lost cause so I didn’t bother. I am really good with the wall street pens, I’ll use your tips on the next one, thanks! When things start to go really south, I usually try to save the brass tube by killing the blank with a skew and the lathe spinning slow. I have a pretty good success rate there. I have spare tubes. The slimline pen tube is the right size for the long blank, and the slimline pencil tube is very close for the short blank, I take care of the excess with a reamer.

Scott, cigar pens are next on the list

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alexdom_89

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#6 posted 667 days ago

That’s the way my first euro came out but after the second one I got it down. I haven’t turned in a while I got a request to do a walnut and a purple heart but the customer did not fall threw so much for taking an order without a deposit those were my last 2 euros :( guess I have a few gifts!!

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lumberjoe

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#7 posted 666 days ago

Rod, thanks again for that tip about the centers! This one I actually like. Also, this is one of the nicest pieces of wood I have ever turned. The grain is amazing. It’s Poisionwood (Chechen). This picture does this pen no justice at all

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Sodabowski

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#8 posted 666 days ago

The more you turn of these, the easier they will be. That’s the very first style I turned, pretty straightforward, as long as you keep enough meat and you take down the tenon quite slowly.
Remember: practice makes perfect :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Woodbutcher3

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#9 posted 666 days ago

That Chechen pens looks great! Like Alexdom – I think I could say my first Euro didn’t look too great. And one time I mixed up te top and bottom bushings. So, I ended up putting te top on the tip and the tip on the top. Interesting look. But guess what? It wa s=the first to sell next time I showed my pens.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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JJones98042

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#10 posted 666 days ago

There are also “NT” (No tenon) Euro kits out there. :)

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

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ohwoodeye

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#11 posted 666 days ago

I love when the glue squeezes out of the tendon and onto the ring…..essentially ruining the pen. That always makes my day!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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lumberjoe

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#12 posted 666 days ago

I was prepared for that as I am a super sloppy gluer. I coat the outside of the ring in bees wax (pretty thick). The CA glue won’t stick to it. I let it dry for a bit as not to rub CA glue all over everything. As a bonus, the ring shines up nice!

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