Beth's Pen

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Project by kenn posted 09-03-2008 06:43 AM 1176 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been making pens at my house. After my daughter’s boyfriend’s mother (who we’ll call Beth from here on, especially if you can follow that family connection) saw the pen her son made, my daughter saw a great opportunity for a bit of brown nosing. Here is the photo story and proof of my daughter making a pen for Beth. It is Tambooti wood with a friction polish finish. Notice the beautiful hand model in the main picture with that nice manicure.

Here are all of the pen parts as she gets started.

First up is cutting the wooden blank in two at the band saw. This is the first time she’s been allowed to use the bandsaw because her Dad was stupid a few years ago and cut off part of a finger with a jointer, now everybody has to be extra safe!

Next is drilling the holes for all of the working parts to fit in.

This is the only thing Dad got to do, glue the brass tubes into place. The only reason was that she had glued her fingers together on a previous pen, and ruined her manicure that was only one day old.

Now its over to the disk sander to true up the ends, nice ear muffs, huh?Photobucket

Finally she gets to the lathe for the turning part. Notice the safety glasses.

The chips are flying!

It has to be sanded smooooth.

Now it gets the finish added so it’ll be shiney.

Ready to come off of the lathe.

Now she has to press the “guts” into the wooden blank.

Everything has to line up just so, it needs to look great for Beth.

HORRAYY!.. She knew it would look great the whole time.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 01:23 PM

congrats Kenn, it’s great that you can do this with your daughter.
I’ve helped my daughter make a pen, though she was five at the time.
I helped a bit more than you did though!
I need to get the lathe setup again as she’d like to make another one.

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#2 posted 09-03-2008 01:29 PM

Nice blog.
It’s important to save the manicure.
Now, for safety’s sake (and the manicure) use a soft paper towel to buff. If a cloth gets caught on the lathe it will wrap your fingers up really tight. Nick Cook and Don Russell’s advice (both noted turners and teachers)

I guess she’s old enough to have a boyfriend. Lucky guy!


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 09-03-2008 02:06 PM

Great story Kenn and a nice looking pen. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 09-03-2008 04:53 PM

Thats realy cool Nicely done

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#5 posted 09-03-2008 05:29 PM

Thanks for the tip Sawdust2, we’ll change our technique. Safety first. Thanks for looking.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 09-26-2008 12:52 AM

Nice looking project. and what a great gift. thanks for the mini-blog.
I have to agree about the towel (from experience) I had a strip of emery cloth roll up my thumb in a metal lathe once. Fortunately it only caught for a split second and they were able to rebuild it…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 08-14-2009 10:13 PM

Hi Ken, Very good story, woodworking has a way of building relationships. Want to know where you get the tambootie from very few know of the wood. I have some and make plane totes from it because of the fantastic shine it can be polished to as well as needing no finish.

-- stevenb

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 03:55 AM

I think family woodworking is great

-- Custom furniture

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