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Project by luv2learn posted 267 days ago 748 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you know, I bought my first modern lathe a few weeks ago from Harbor Freight( I do have a restored 1947 Sears Lathe). So many of you have taken to pen making I thought I just might try it for myself. It turns out that turning the pen blanks is a whole lot easier than making the boxes for them LOL!!.

I bought a Slim Line starter kit from Penn State Industries. The blanks were all Rose wood.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 267 days ago

Lee, welcome to yet another woodworking addiction – pen turning! I hope you have a good source to dispose of the pens that you turn, it can get to be expensive and you are soon over run with pens :-). Your pen/pencil set and boxes are really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 267 days ago

Bill thanks, I think I will just make them as gifts and perhaps on a ”demand basis” I want to try my hand at bowl and goblet turning next then who knows what else LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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oakwood

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#3 posted 267 days ago

Very nice looking sets and just in time for Xmas. I agree with cajunpen so there is no need to repeat. Enjoy making them, that.s the important part and the bonus is the appreciation that comes from the recipient.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 267 days ago

Very nice pen set and box for them. Now you are on your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

....................Jim

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 267 days ago

Great looking pen/pencil set and box—nice proportions on your writing instruments and can’t beat the beauty of Rosewood.

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

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 267 days ago

Real nice looking pen and box set. I’m not a pen guy but that looks pretty nice for a first try. Nice choice of wood. Keep turning.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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HuckD

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#7 posted 267 days ago

Great start, Lee. Check out http://www.penturners.org/

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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woodshaver

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#8 posted 267 days ago

Very nice looking pens and box Lee! Your a man of many talents! Glad your new lathe is working out for you! Right now I’m thinking what will he do next?

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

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 267 days ago

Thanks for the link Huck.

Tony, I have three projects on my bench now in various stages of completion we will see which one gets done first.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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woodshaver

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#10 posted 267 days ago

I’ll be watching! LOL!! Love your work!

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

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BusterB

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#11 posted 267 days ago

L2L, you never disappoint Lee….nice as always. Perhaps I will live long enough to finally see something you cant do…but I doubt it….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 267 days ago

Buster, if I were a cat I would be dead right now…you know the old saying, ”curiosity killed the cat” well that’s me… lol!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#13 posted 262 days ago

“Spinning” is fun. Nice pens.

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

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 262 days ago

It is fun Roger. I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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