Double Celtic Knot Pen

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I have been putting Celtic Knots on pens for some time, both 4 and 6 strand. I kicked it up a notch today and did a double (8 strands) knot featuring Granadillo wood and Walmart gift cards for the knots. The slimline was definitely not the right kit for this but my blank was just a bit small for the cigar and I wanted it done. The skew was the only lathe chisel used in this project.
Here it is the result.


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#1 posted 319 days ago

Very cool work, and the best use of Wal-Mart gift cards I’ve ever seen…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 319 days ago

Splendid pen

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 319 days ago

I’d say you kicked it up! A real beauty, love knots and one day I’ll be brave enough to try them. Great job….

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

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#4 posted 318 days ago

Real nice work. Is the card the exact size of the balde? Did you use a band saw or table saw to make the cuts?

-- 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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#5 posted 318 days ago

Make a bigger slim line by making the center band out of wood. This way you can make it any size you want. I just cut a 1/8” piece from a contrasting pen blank, and drill a 1/4” hole in the center, turn it between the 2 blanks. Your pen is beautiful, would love to know how you put that knot on there!

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#6 posted 318 days ago

Dang! Just cleaned out my work bench drawers and threw away a big bunch of those plastic type cards.

Great looking pen and knot(s)!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 318 days ago

I have 2 band saws and it’s my old Craftsman that makes the kerf just the right size. I clean the fuzzies off with some 320 and then glue. That kerf also is the right size for my old aluminum house siding. I have a past project here in LJ if you would like to see that one.

Tony, I know exactly what you are talking about and have actually done it in the past. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that yesterday.


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#8 posted 318 days ago

I forgot to tell you how I did it. It’s almost the same as a 4 ring knot except when cutting the blank I cut 2 slots on the same side about 1/4 of an inch apart. I use a spacer when I make the cuts so that they all line up. I cut 2 slots and glue, sand, repeat X 3. It’s raining here so I think it’s a good time to head for the shop and try it again.


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#9 posted 316 days ago

Marvelous pen! The knots look amazing. Excellent turning.

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#10 posted 315 days ago

Mighty fine. I likes it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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