|Project by USCJeff||posted 09-25-2012 12:21 AM||1049 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Ever have one of those “easy” projects that drives you nuts? This was it for me. After cranking out several dozen pens and such as gifts a few years back, I’d lost the desire to do them for a long time. My Dad was offered a job as a Publisher in Myrtle Beach with the company he’s worked for the last 31 years. Being that this is the end of the career path for him, it is a big deal for us and I wanted to do something special. He’s not the fountain pen type of guy, but it seems like an appropriate gift given the circumstance.
That was the easy part. I grabbed the Orion Kit from the local supplier and knowing myself, got 2 blanks as well. So I get home to get them mounted and realize I forgot the bushings. The store’s closed so my genius self decides to attempt to “turn” wooden bushings to the same dimensions. They looked very good until I tightened the mandrel and they split with the grain. Back to the store. I drilled both halves with the same bit by mistake. I attempted to enlarge the one that needed it, but that never works to where the tube will glue tightly. Second blank, perfect execution and all is well until I realize how terrible it looks without the tubes painted once I stop the lathe. The sanded tube with glue is very apparent and there’s no helping it. Back to the store again. I bought two more, only used one though (Yeah!). Painted tubes, proper drill bits, and not being lazy and keeping the lathe at one speed for everything.
I’m very happy with the result, but I again have lost the desire to turn pens for a bit. For the record, the pen writes very well. I don’t care for fountain pens, but was happy with how it worked. The fit and finish of the parts give it a distinguished look. I used an imitation buffalo horn blank. Would’ve had my Mom to answer to if I used the real thing.
-- Jeff, South Carolina