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Project by FloridaArt posted 314 days ago 631 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2013—This is my first pen turned from an acrylic blank. The pen kit is called “Elegant Sierra Two-Toned Copper Pen Kit Style B”. The pen kit and blank came from a friendly on-line store I discovered called Bear Tooth Woods.

I used a carbide-tipped tool to rough it out, then followed with a mini roughing tool, followed by a mini scraper. Then sand paper down to 1200 grit. Then 0000 steel wool. Finish is a couple of coats of Briwax.

Since I’m new at pen turning, all tips, tricks, and suggestions eagerly accepted! :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida





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hunter71

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#1 posted 314 days ago

Good looking pen Art

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 314 days ago

I have used and liked Micro-Mesh for polishing and finishing acrylic. It goes to 12,000 grit and needs no other finish.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 314 days ago

Very nice Art.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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donjoe

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#4 posted 314 days ago

Nice pen Art. I see you are now branching out. Not just BSboxes anymore. Lathe work can be addictive.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 314 days ago

Wow! What a beautiful pen Art! Love it!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Woodwrecker

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#6 posted 314 days ago

Wow, nice job Art.
That really looks great !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 313 days ago

Looks you have got the pen making down pretty good Art…very nice. You will soon be a pro at pen making the way you are at BS boxes

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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stefang

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#8 posted 313 days ago

Very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shopmania

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#9 posted 313 days ago

I will second the recommendation for the micromesh pads. I think I got them at Penn State industries. 12 grits from 600 to 12000, so you have to use other paper to get to 600, then you use these pads. They make it shine so bright it looks like you’ve got finish on it. Nice looking pen!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Roger

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#10 posted 313 days ago

Yup, 3rd the micromesh deal… Very nice pen, Art

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

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rickf16

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#11 posted 313 days ago

Art, that’s a good looking pen. Acrylics are like Lay’s potato chips… one ain’t enough. Roger, Tim & Donna are right about the micro mesh. One thing I do is when I have a blank that is translucent, I will paint the tube. Just my 2

-- Rick

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