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Shoulder injury forced me to do it...pens..light and easy on the arm..

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Project by GaryL posted 03-11-2014 11:27 AM 684 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Became a little stir crazy after sitting around nursing my shoulder. My wife had people at work that wanted some pens so I went to work. Made the arm a bit sore but was not bad.
Experimented with a couple different finishes. CA, lacquer, waterborne, and walnut oil with a friction polish. I was happy with most but the waterborne (a floor finish a had) required to many coats. Probably won’t do that again but it did keep the padauk a little more on the orange side. We’ll see. Maybe spray it next time rather than wipe it on.
About half of these are sold and I have another batch made up with some nicer woods. Need to get pics of those still. Getting an order ready with Timberbits for another go round.
Has anyone else dealt with Timberbits? This is my first order with them. Hard to believe, better prices and free shipping from Australia. Getting blanks and kits.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.





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Kjuly

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 11:35 AM

Hi Gary,
Beautiful pens. I think you have found a new career. :>)
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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GaryL

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 12:05 PM

Thanks Keith.
My beat up body is telling me to change careers….lol

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Garver

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 12:31 PM

I also want to learn turning pens, but I know whats going to happen, all my friends and some that are not really friends are going to want a pen made by me. How do I control that, I got to get at least my expenses’s from friends and should get something for my labor. How do you fellow wood turners control this? I don’t want to give away the shop. I’m disabled because of all the back surgeries I’ve have , Im at 12 now. So buying supply’s is a tough situation. Im thinking I got to say no, and have some sort of price on them. Your thoughts please?

-- Garver Brown Chetek WI 54728

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GaryL

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 12:35 PM

Garver…I think you answered your own question. Let them know that you have to cover expenses if you are unable to. Wood, kit, finish materials, sandpaper, wear and tear on tools, etc all have costs.
Who deserves that special freebie is up to you.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Roger

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 01:49 PM

A really nice array of writing tools. Nicely done. Wish you a speedy recovery.

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

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GaryL

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 06:34 PM

Thanks Roger. Seeing your fine collection prompted me to get these on here.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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kiefer

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 08:51 PM

Hi Gary
Sorry to hear about your injury but you seem to have found something to fill in the time while you heal up .
On the other hand it may turn you in a new direction and new business venture .
Either way I wish you all the best for the future and keep posting your projects they are always interesting and have some good info .

-- Kiefer 松

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GaryL

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 01:27 PM

Thanks kiefer.
I’ve been lurking about on your leg vise posts. Looking forward to seeing the SketchUp drawing.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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