Burl Cap Pen Display

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 04-25-2013 01:30 AM 1980 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was trying to come up with something small for a previous boss but didn’t want to go to big…simple is better my wife said.

So a friend had made some pen/letter opener combo sets mounted into exotic burl caps. So that is where I got my inspiration for this project.

The burl cap is from Austrailia…I believe it is called brown mallee burl. I split in half and was able to cut enough off to make a few pen blanks. This bolt action pen is the result of the blank.

I used a mortiser to make the square holes for the small pen mounts.

At first I was going to mount the brass to the front of the burl but it was just too nice to cover. I made the base from Sapele and slightly shaped a little with the angle sander. Finished in General Top Coat Semi-gloss.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 01:32 AM

Very well done!

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 02:36 AM

Nice! How did you clean the burl?

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 12:09 PM

Another great job!!! Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 12:36 PM

AWESOME I wish i could make something that good. Great work!!

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 12:44 PM

That’s very impressive. I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated by the Colonel.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 12:47 PM

Very kool display stand to show off that fine 30 cal

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 02:15 AM

Hybridwoodworker, the gent I got it from said it was powerwashed to clean up. For the two flat surface, I split the burl with my bandsaw and then cleaned up on the belt sander. It efforts to get as flat of a surface as I could, I ripped a piece of 3/4” plywood on the tablesaw. Then I used two sided tape to stick the burl to the board I cut leaving about an 1/8” overhang of the cut line. I ran that through the table saw and got the flat surface I wanted. I flipped it over and cut the other flat surface and just cleaned up with light sanding.

Thanks everyone for the comments.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 08:00 PM

They look fantastic! Great pen and great display case. I’m sure that the colonel will be delighted.

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 02:05 PM


-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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