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Project by TheDane posted 04-11-2013 06:38 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 6 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, Cherry, 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

PS: These are my first attempt at using CA glue for a finish. With the lathe running, I applied a thin coat of BLO first, then immediately hit them with medium-viscosity CA. When the CA was dry, I gave them a second coat. When the 2nd coat was dry, I applied a coat of Meguiar’s PlastX (clear plastic cleaner & polish) and buffed them to a shine. You can find Meguiar’s PlastX at AutoZone.

-- 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 04-11-2013 07:53 PM

Gerry… another fine batch of pens!

Have you ever thought of producing a video showing how you do it?

... I think it would be very informative…

COOL pens! As usual…

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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ldl

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 07:58 PM

Great looking batch of pens Gerry. Some lucky soliders will enjoy these for a long time.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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TheDane

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 08:21 PM

Joe—You flatter me! I just don’t see myself as a video guy. It is not that I don’t possess the skill (I was in television for 28 years and did both 16mm film and ENG work) ... I just don’t feel motivated to upgrade my equipment or spend the time necessary to produce a product worth watching.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-11-2013 08:27 PM

Gerry, I was just thinking of a simple YouTube video… done with your digital camera… LOL
... probably no upgrades required…

... just thought I’d ask…

Thank you anyway…

-- 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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Ken90712

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 08:07 AM

Gerry, What a great batch.. I really have to get a lathe….

We just starting to doing work at the VA Hospital with our Chlt Lab. She has been going to the Schools and Senior Homes for a few yrs now. We love it.

Great job and so nice of you to do this for our great men and women of the Armed Forces.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 02:54 PM

Great looking pen collection! Like the wood and kit choice, great fit, finish and a greater cause. Way to go!

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