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03-28-2012 01:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pens segmented turning cigar scallops pen turner

I am a pen turner by hobby. I would like to advance into other areas but have very little woodworking experience. So I will have lots of questions as I learn what most of you take for granted as common knowledge. Here are an assortment of pens I have turned. Comments and Critiques are always welcome but most of all thanks for looking. Phil


-- May my words and works always be beneficial to God.~~ Me


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#1 posted 07-03-2012 03:46 AM

Hey Phil:

I’ve just been Nosing Around at “Unanswered Topics” and clicked on yours.

324 Views and ZERO Comments! That’s NUTS!!!

These are Beautiful Pens! Great Work My Friend!

Try not to get to discouraged and I know it’s hard. Doesn’t actually fill you with enthusiasm about wanting to keep on Posting when this kind of ??? Sorry, but CRAP! Takes Place!

Regards: Rick

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 03:59 AM

No big deal. I am new and naive enough that it don’t hurt my feelings. I do swing through for a look around from time to time. Pick up tips where I can.

Thanks for responding though.

-- May my words and works always be beneficial to God.~~ Me

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 04:00 AM

Did a video also.

https://vimeo.com/44561494

-- May my words and works always be beneficial to God.~~ Me

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 04:17 AM

Nice video! The one part of you standing at the Lathe looks like Spider Webs and you’ve been there for at least 100 Years. ...LOL….

I saw 94 Days on your Profile and figured you had left. Nice to see that you haven’t. I know you can “Browse” here without Signing in” and it doesn’t show.

Going to take it Off “Watch” now just in case you reply to this.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 04:24 AM

Those are very nice pens. Something I haven’t tried and probably won’t either. If you want to try to get into other wood working areas try making small things that don’t require a lot of tools. Find projects that are small and then you can get expience of making things then slowly work up to bigger projects. Thats my two cents.

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 04:25 AM

Nice video, thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 08:44 PM

Phil

I also turn pens, but you are about 20,000 times better. I am amazed at what you have accomplished. I also do other wood working starting with turning lided boxes, pepper grinder, wood bowls and other novelties. These are all turning of course. I then progressed to making a set book shelving using dowels for all of it. Made about 10 for my daughter. Next I refaced my kitchen cabinets making all new face frames and doors. I am now building cabinet for a new house I will be building next year. Each of these projects was a learning curve ( I won’t build dowel cabinets again) and requiring more or better tools as progressed. I still love turning. I tried intarsia, but not real good at it. I have a few other things to try once I get the cabinets built. More that willing to share my learning curve.
Being a pen turner I have to ask, are those individual pieces in the first photo and are the labels just glued on or do they have a coat of CA over them.

-- Bill R

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 02:44 AM

Bill

Those are individual pieces. 77 to be exact. African Blackwood, Holly and Aluminum. I really want to learn to make small decorative boxes. Mainly so I can take my pen making to a new level with custom boxes to match them. I have turned a few lidded boxes and 3 bowls to date.

I need all the help I can get to get through the learning curves, sometimes I tend to try and straighten them out.

Phil

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 11:01 AM

Phil

Well the first thing I would say to build custom boxes is you would need a router table system. I bought the Incra fence system and have a home made table with a lift. There are several quality tables and lifts out there. I bought the Incra because I wanted to upgrade my fence and have the dove tail capability. I love the precision of the Incra. I haven’t done the dove tail yet, but will be doing that in the next few weeks for the drawers. You can make some very unique dove tails with the Incra. I have a Bosch 2 1/4hp router. There are others, but would recommend the 2 1/4hp routers such as Bosch, PC, Milw. Router lift is very nice, but not an absolute necessity. I didn’t have one in the beginning and got by, but would recommend one. When I was only turning I couldn’t imagine what I would ever need a router for. Now I use it all the time. I’ll let you know how the dove tails turn out.

-- Bill R

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