My first effort at pen making...

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...and my first project posting. Also the first project to come off the Delta 46-700 I found on CL last Jan. At least the first I’d be willing to show. Of course, the engineer in me had to complicate simplicity with the Celtic Knot. The tablesaw didn’t like the lathe getting all the attention. The one on the left is a b-day gift for my Irish son-in-law.

They’re ash/walnut, dry sanded to 600 grit. Then 10 coats of CA glue applied, and wet sanded through all 9 micro-mesh grits.

Thanks a lot for looking, this is fun!

—jay, KCMO

-- --half full, half empty? How about twice as big as it needs to be?

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 10:17 AM

They look great, especially for a first attempt at making pens and pens with a Celtic cross no less. I envy your patience to be able to apply 10 coats of CA finish and use all 9 micro-mesh grits. When I finish dry sanding I want the glossy finish that lasts forever to go on in one easy, non-sanded coat. Shockingly, such a finish does not exist (or I haven’t found it). Great work.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 11:34 AM

What a great set of pens! Great work on not only the knot but the finish as well. I’m sure the gift will be well received and loved!

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

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#3 posted 05-29-2013 11:55 AM

Really nice work, I like the Celtic Knots, very nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 05-29-2013 12:37 PM

Very nice pens !!!!!!!!!!!!!..........Jim

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

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#5 posted 05-29-2013 02:56 PM

Very nice work! I’m not going to say you’ll get the same results as going through all steps for the micro mesh, but give two coats of thin CA followed by 2 coats of One Step plastic polish a try… Gets a pretty impressive shine for less than half the coats. Keep it up and keep em coming!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#6 posted 05-29-2013 04:45 PM

Many thanks to all of you for your kind words. TurningHeads, good suggestion to try. I thought about following up the micro mesh with some sort of polish but was so happy with what I ended up with I forgot about the polish. Does the One Step plasitic polish have any sort of ‘grit’ equivalent? It would need to be higher than the 12,000 grit micro mesh I suspect.

—jay KCMO

-- --half full, half empty? How about twice as big as it needs to be?

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