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Tinted/Stabilized Elm Burl Bolt-action Pen (Penn State)

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Project by Bertha posted 11-05-2012 12:05 AM 1775 views 1 time favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick fun project for a gun nut friend at work.
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Kit is the bolt-action ensemble from Penn State. Pretty solid quality kit.
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Equipment is your standard JET with a Nova and morse drill chuck. Sorby HSS tools. Planning carbide.
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Wood is stabilized tinted elm burl from I can’t remember where. Go to OregonBurls, baby.
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Finish is sand to 3000 grit, 1/2lb amber shellac wash, and black BriWax.
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I never let the lathe stop turning from rough to done. It’s like Xmas with burls; never know:)
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Thanks for looking!
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I’m making a kaleidoscope (sp?) next. If a say it here, I’ll have to get my a$$ in the shop and do it;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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#1 posted 11-05-2012 12:14 AM

Nice job Al.

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Bertha

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 12:16 AM

Thanks, bro. I’m kind of desperate to post projects b/c I’m not getting anywhere on the linen press, lol;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 12:22 AM

Well throw some pics up and we can all see where you are at, and maybe light a small fire?

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 12:23 AM

Fun stuff. Kinda has a James Bond overtone.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 12:23 AM

Nice pen Al, is it heavy?

That wood is stunning.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 12:30 AM

Yeah, love that burl!
The pen does look heavy…a pocket weapon!
Nice job, Al.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 12:32 AM

A very nice bolt-action pen. The burl really looks good. These kits are “heavy”, but, at the same time, they feel gr8 in your hand.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 12:40 AM

Yeah, guys; it’s VERY heavy. The stabilized stuff is pretty heavy on its own. Although I don’t particularly like the aesthetics of the swell on the body, it helps balance it a bit. I made another one out of straight ebony (I’m keeping it) and it’s better balanced. Like another ebony pen I’ve made, it just looks kind of boring; like a Mont Blanc or something. I like the burls for a little flash. No one spots a Mont Blanc across the table and says, “Wow, nice pen!”. Us guys in the know can get that response for under $10;)
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Thank you, Jamie! I love turning burls b/c you never know what you’re going to get. Try the black wax next time. It can really make the figure pop. Not so much in this case, but sometimes.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 01:00 AM

Nice Al! That’s beautiful wood. But is it a bullet? A gun? I’m so confused. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 01:02 AM

Nice job on that pen…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 01:05 AM

Great looking pen Al. Well done. Careful where you point that.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 01:32 AM

I don’t think I’m giving the wood enough credit, so I posted another pic (below). It looks a little proud at the base but for you superturners out there, I measured against the bearing to a 1/256 with a digital caliper. The hardware’s a bit off, so if you use this kit, you might want to measure off your base, not the bushing.
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-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 11-05-2012 01:57 AM

Nice!! Wood and bullets. A great combo.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Bertha

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#14 posted 11-05-2012 02:03 AM

^life don’t get no better, Don. I just wish it was a 25.06; I’m in love with that gun right now. I fear I’m going to have to start casting. Not a very popular round. You got one?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 11-05-2012 02:53 AM

That is stunning Al. Sure beats a Mont Blanc.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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