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I bought my JET 1442 VS lathe off of Craigslist a year ago. It has been collecting dust, that is until I recently completed my sharpening station. These are the first two pens to come from that lathe. OK, truth be told, these are my first turned projects from any lathe. Yup, I was a turning virgin!!! I can’t say that any more….

The first pen is hard maple, reclaimed from a gym floor, outfitted with a Satin Gold “Funline” kit, just finished with paste wax. Nothing really special, except that it was my first. You never forget your first!!! Well you might, if you suffer from Alzheimer’s. ;^)

Jeff (JL7),
Do you recognize that maple???

The next pen is from recycled oak flooring. Do you sense a pattern here??? I died it with black India ink then sanded it down with 1200 grit, finished with an application of paste wax. It is adorned with a Gun Metal “Funline” kit. It may not be my first, but I’ll never forget it!!!

Thanks, for taking the time to look in….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?





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#1 posted 179 days ago

Randy pens are looking great ,i really like the oak one ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 179 days ago

Randy, Glad you finally got to use your ‘new’ toy. I’ll be on the lookout for some cool woods for ya. How bout some hedge? William loved it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 179 days ago

Eddie,
I like that one too.
I guess you could say I like thin ones!
I really need to figure out the CA finish, to do the woods justice!!!

Andy,
Yeah, it took me a while, but I’m all fired up now!!!
I would be thrilled to accept your offer.
I WILL need to practice a little more and improve my finishing techniques.
I did a quick “wiki” search on “Hedge”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maclura_pomifera
Found it quite interesting.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 179 days ago

after years
of wading in the tub
it is good to see you
dive into the deep end

all that procrastination practice
is paying off

love the oak one too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 179 days ago

Nice looking pens randy.

You mentioned that you wanted to improve your finishing skills.
I use CA glue. It took a while and quite a few unhappy results for me to get that down.
I started with Johnson’s paste wax.
It is easy as pie to do.
With lathe running slow, lay down a coating of wax.
Shut the lathe off and let it dry. I like it to haze over like you would wax on a car.
Then buff it out by rubbing it with a paper towel with the lathe on high speed.

A trick I learned along the way though is that the finish is a matter of choice and the different options has to do with durability and ease of application, and nothing to do with look. You can get a finish that looks every bit as my CA glue using paste wax. It all boils down to how smooth the wood is under the finish.
I never apply finish until the pen is sanded enough for me to see both the lights. Let me explain.
There is a fluorescent light fixture over my lathe that has two bulbs in it. When sanding, a shine is not good enough. When I can see clearly both bulbs on top of the pen, almost like a mirror, then it is ready for finish.

Here is my sanding technique.
I start with 80 grit. With the lathe on slow, sand along the length if the pen.
Turn the lathe off. While turning the lathe by hand, sand horizontally along the length of the pen. Keep going till all radial lines for the sandpaper are gone.
Clean the blank with a paper towel with the lathe running to remove grit from the sandpaper.
Move through the grits. Never skip a grit. I use these grits, in order:
100
150
180
220
320
400
600
800
1000
1500
2000
Some softer woods I will stop at 600. For hard wood like maple an oak though, I go all the way to 2000. The harder the wood, the better it’ll take the higher, buffing grits. For soft woods, by the time you get to 600, each grit really isn’t making a difference. Experience and simply paying attention to the wood will teach you when to know you have sanded enough. When in doubt, go on with a higher grit.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 179 days ago

Thanks, for the accolades & for stopping in Dad.

Just to be extra careful….
I’m still wearing my floaties!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 179 days ago

William,
I tried a CA finish on some practice/test pieces.
Wasn’t happy with the outcome. 2000 here I come!!!
I WILL certainly follow and adhere to your regimen.
The advice and insight is greatly appreciated!!!

I also need to master the art of “glue up”, for segmented pens.
Yours are quite inspiring!!!

I know that practice and experience will make it possible for me to also “see the light”.

Thank you, Master Yoda!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 179 days ago

There is no secret to gluing up pens for turning.
I’ve used CA glue, white wood glue, yellow wood glue, gorilla glue, and all with success.

Make sure that the joint is right anywhere glue is used.
On oily woods, rough the glue joint with 80 grit immediately before gluing.
Allow glue to fully cure before drilling and turning.
Drill slowly to avoid busting apart the glue up when drilling.
Then treat it like you do any other pen blank.
Have fun and use you imagination.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 179 days ago

Ah yes Randy….the old dunnage! Looks much better now….....

Great to see the projects going on there…..nothing stopping you now! Well except for all snow and cold that’s heading your way…....sorry..

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

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#10 posted 179 days ago

My favorites are the Celtic knot pens. I will post a link next time I’m on my laptop. There is a few tricks though to pins with thin multiple strips like the Celtic knots pens.
First, do not cut all the way though the blank to add strips. If you do and are adding more than one strip, every cut will through off all precious strips and your lines will not line up properly. Instead, cut almost through the blank, leaving about 1/16” of material and glue in strips in the kerf. That tiny bit I material keeps everything lined up with each new cut.
Play on the table saw an get strips that fit snug but not overly tight. If it is too tight the wood will bow when you insert the strip and cause everything to get all wobbly wonky.
Glue in with CA glue. Allow the glue I dry on each strip ads and off any sticking out to make your blank square again before moving on to subsequent strips.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 179 days ago

Nice work my friend.
Glad to see you knock the dust off the lathe.
You did a wonderful job and I like the India inked one.
I see baseball bats and chair legs in your near future.
Now I wana see you cut me a dovetail with that thing;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 179 days ago

William,
I’m sooooo looking forward to doing Celtic Knots & other glue-ups.
Thanks for the insights. I’ll keep my eye out for them links, but no rush….
Just keep doing what you do!!!

Jeff,
That formerly Malodourous Maple will now be capable of….
documenting the spewing of Voluminous Verbiage!!!

The GREAT thing is, we have NO significant snow in the forecast for the next week!!!
Yea, lots of shop time for me!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 179 days ago

”That formerly Malodourous Maple will now be capable of….
documenting the spewing of Voluminous Verbiage!!!”

Help! Does anyone here speak Randy?? LOL…

Snowed here the last 2 days…...making pens is much funner than moving snow…...enjoy….

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 179 days ago

Nice job Randy…. Looks like you’ve opened the door to a whole new world.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 179 days ago

Jeff,
FYI:

”That formerly Malodourous Maple will now be capable of….
documenting the spewing of Voluminous Verbiage!!!”

Transition:
The reclaimed, what used to be stinky, sock smelling wood is now….
used to indelibly record potentially tantalizing tirades of text!!!

Does that help???

Matt,
Thanks. A new door indeed!
I wonder what was behind the curtain???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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