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Project by TheDane posted 02-22-2013 08:20 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another batch of Freedom Pens for the men and women in uniform serving our country overseas.

These are a mix of Birch, Maple and Oak … the pen blanks come from off-falls I get by the bundle at a local cabinet shop.

For more info on the Freedom Pens project, and to get involved, see: http://www.freedompens.org

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 08:26 PM

Another FINE & Beautiful batch of Freedom Pens!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 01:21 AM

Great project, great cause

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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deparrott

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 04:32 PM

Nice work on the pens. I was wondering how you make the groves look the same on all the pens. In the group photo they all look perfectly symmetrical. I have trouble making the lines look good in one pen. Did you make a special tool for this? Thank you
Dale

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodTurningCity

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TheDane

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 06:27 PM

Dale … After I get done rounding the blank (to just under 1/2” in diameter), I use a little gauge on an index card and use it to strike a single pencil line in the center of the blank.

Then with the lathe running at 4000 RPM, I use the point of the skew to make a thin groove on the center line. Then I move approx 1/16” on either side and do the other lines.

They don’t always turn out equally spaced, but I get them close. The wire I use for a burner is actually wider than the groove the toe of the skew makes, so I can adjust the burn a bit by drawing it toward or away from the center line.

Then I taper the ends down to the bushings, sand and finish. Takes some practice, but it seems to work pretty well for me.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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deparrott

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 12:51 AM

I appreciate you willingness to help Gerry. I’m going to give that a try but probably on some scrap wood to start.
Your help with whimsical pens has kept me busy for some time.

Dale

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodTurningCity

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