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Forum topic by Joshua Oehler posted 05-27-2016 09:28 PM 339 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joshua Oehler

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05-27-2016 09:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question turning pencil pen

So I am trying to fill a request from a family member. He wants a pen & pencil to go into a desk set that he made in shop class when he was a kid. It has 2 funnels on it and I am making the longer, closed end style pen that just seats in the funnel. Something like this.

Now the pen is no problem. Take a slimline kit, throw away the clip and extend the blank past the brass tube and shape the end. The problem I am having though is I’m not sure how to proceed with the pencil. The funnels are meant for slimline kits. I want the pen & pencil to match. The only pencil kits I can find are the click style pencils. That will not work for this because the end is elongated and closed off. I have not been able to find any kind of twist mechanism pencil kit except one from PSI, Which is currently out of stock and it is also using an 8mm tube and looks to be a euro style that I am 99% sure will not be able to be turned down far enough to fit in the funnel meant for a slimline.

I am fairly new to this whole woodturning thing. I have owned a lathe for less than a year. So my question to some of the more experienced turners out there is do any of you know of a pencil kit that will suit what I am doing or know of any way to modify a click style pencil kit to suit this purpose?

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"


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RichCMD

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#1 posted 05-27-2016 09:46 PM

Any chance the family member might accept two pens with different color ink (e.g., red and blue) instead of a pen and a pencil? I was given a similar set as a gift and it came with two pens.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Joshua Oehler

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#2 posted 05-27-2016 10:10 PM

I am sure he would be fine with it but I would rather make what he had asked for.And I am too stubborn to give up on it!!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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Wildwood

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 11:36 AM

Have you checked with?

http://www.bereahardwoods.com

http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com

Berea & PSI have a lot of resellers too.

You took on an arduous task good luck with it!

-- Bill

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Kenbu

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 04:10 PM

Schmidt makes a 0.5 mm twist pencil mechanism that might work for you. Woodpenpro sells it and might be able to offer some advice.

Ken

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