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Project by tonybrews posted 04-14-2013 03:10 AM 647 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are my “obligatory” pens. The first 3 are bolt action bullet pens that I just got from PSI. I must say they are a great kit! Easy to make, and they come out really nice. From left to right: Chrome with Cocobolo finished with General Woodturner’s Finish, Gun Metal with Zebrawood, with a CA finish, Gold with Padauk, with Minwax Polycrylic finish. The pen on the right is just a standard slimline pen, Rosewood with a Yellowheart band, and a CA finish. I like my pens a little thicker, but can’t stand the “wasp-waste” when you try to make them thicker. I decided to just turn a larger center band out of wood. Works great! The 2nd photo shows the center band. I think the heftier pens will fetch a better price when I try to sell at the craft show this year.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net





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jeff

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 04:07 AM

great looking pens…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 04:37 AM

Nice work, I am curious what method you used to make the center band.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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tonybrews

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 04:42 AM

I made a 3/16” slice of Yellowheart, then bored a 1/4” hole in the center. I mounted a 7mm bushing on the mandrel, then the top blank, then the Yellowheart center band, then bottom blank then 7mm bushing. I turned the entire pen at once. After sanding and burning in the stripes, I put bushings between the blanks and the center band, to keep them from fusing together with the CA glue.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 04:17 PM

I have used your method for making small wheels or circular items. Tried it for a pen ring and it worked good. Someone here once mentioned cutting a brass tube and just making a smaller blank for the center ring, tried that and it works as well. I have also used a longer 7mm brass tube on the top, cut it down to correct size and glued my center ring with a different colored wood to the end thus having only two pieces to deal with. Like you mentioned some people do not like the wasp look, and feel, and want the center thicker. To me it looks better, others want it flat the entire length. I once made some very odd shaped pens for children with deformed hands. Taking a pencil and modeling clay I got an impression from each childs hand, took it home and mimiced it as best I could on the lathe. Sorry no pics that was before my divorce. I was surprised that a couple of test pens got sold to people that liked the odd design.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Roger

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 10:40 PM

Slick idea for that center ring Tony. Did you happen to check that little phillips head screw that holds the bolt on the bolt action kits???? Out of a 5 pack of kits I received, 3 were not tight. You can still check to see if you need to tighten them after they are pressed together, but, you’ll need a extra long like no.1 phillips to reach it.

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

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tonybrews

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 11:20 PM

Roger: yep, I checked the screw, none were loose. It was in the instructions to do so.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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