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Project by TheManChild posted 01-29-2014 02:31 AM 3811 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So these are my second and third pens and I’ve gotten the proces down to 30 minutes starting with gluing the tubes. Pretty excited that I’m getting faster and the quality seems to be getting better too! Can’t wait to get into some of the more exotic woods!!

-- Ryne, Iowa





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Thewoodman2000

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 03:34 AM

Great start ya got there. They look good!
Your first post looks great too.
Keep up the work – your on your way to a habit.
Keep sharing with us too!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 01:41 PM

I just started turning pens myself….
Looks like you’ve got a good handle on the process.
Nicely done!!!

-- 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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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 02:50 PM

Nice looking pen. Myself I set up two pen blanks and glue them in each night, cut two from yesterday, and assemble two I cut the day before. If you use Purpleheart try leaving the finished pen blanks outside in the sun for a few days them assemble, it takes on a rich color you might like. I discovered it by accident once when I was painting something and hung that item and the pen outside for some unknown reason.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Thewoodman2000

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 03:32 PM

I like to turn purpleheart too. This is what I do to make the purple come out faster on the purpleheart.
You use a propane torch to flame a piece of purpleheart? Doing so gives you a way to speed up getting the rich purple color back after cutting into the wood. The heat is a fast way to make it look oxidized. Then you can finish the piece while its still on the lathe.

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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WoodGuyScott

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 08:28 PM

Oh boy, be careful. About a year ago I turned my first pen, and let me warn you just how easy it is to go off the deep end. Pretty soon you’ll order a Penn State catalogue, then you’ll be going to bad dog’s burl source, and even do like I did, and build your own stabilization chamber. It’s a gnarly hobby to get into, but the costs add up. I eventually had to start selling about half the pens I make so I can afford to give away the other half as gifts!

-- --Shafe

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