Rescued from a stack of firewood.

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Project by deparrott posted 10-23-2013 11:16 PM 1185 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A box a small logs as I call them showed up a few days ago from the FedEx man. There was about 10 lbs or so of 12 -15 inch long logs that were about 3 inches in diameter. An acquaintance from New Mexico pulled them from their fire wood stack and sent them my way. What a haul! They are supposed to be Russian Olive Wood. I made a thank you gift and sent it promptly out west. The gift project is a standard Slimline with a Pentel mechanical pencil conversion. I just have to wonder how much more of this is still on the pile.


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#1 posted 10-23-2013 11:59 PM

Very nice. How much nice wood goes up in smoke that we don’t know about. . . . .

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 03:19 AM

Very nicely done—great display of wood grains.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 06:50 PM

Sick pen/pencil set. What mandrel are you using on your lathe? I need to make me some pens, i have some amazing black mulberry I’m dying to turn

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 07:45 PM

The Slimline is turned on a regular 7mm pen mandrel. I use a collet chuck holding my homemade pin chuck to turn the Pentel pencil. It works for me. There is a lot of information about the Pentel pencils on the IAP site.


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#5 posted 10-29-2013 04:35 PM

Handsome pens! The blank has pretty grain patterns. Great fit and finish. Well done!

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 02:26 AM

What cool wood to work with. I like the Pentel thing! So if I understand it right- you have to drill a 7 mm hole thru the entire length of the blank? And the Pentel guts just slide in? I’m getting bored with Bics, but I am not wild about paying big bucks for the Penn State kits.

You reference “IAP site”. Int’ assoc. of Prosecuters? Info. Age Publishing? Google has failed me!

Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#7 posted 01-11-2014 03:55 AM

The IAP I referred to is International Association of Penturners and can be found here.

Once you get to the IAP site check the “library” for Pentel Conversion. I do drill the whole length of the pencil with my lathe but it’s not 7mm.
Hope this helps.


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#8 posted 01-12-2014 12:14 AM

I checked that out, the tooling might be too big a hurdle right. Can not imagine drilling into the center of a 1/4 steel rod, and actually getting it into the center! What a great project though, I’ve used those pencils for years. They work well.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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