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Project by clieb91 posted 03-17-2013 04:49 PM 1055 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I actually was able to take the time in the shop on Friday; once everything was ready for Saturday’s show, to play around and experiment some. I had seen this done by someone here, I think and wanted to give it a try.
As you can see in the pictures I turned the original blank round
then using my parting tool stripped about half an inch down to the tube
Drilled out a scrap piece and then glued it on with CA
Once Dry I trimmed the piece down on the bandsaw, remounted it to the mandrel and turned the scrap piece to round. (missed picture.. removed the bushing) then turned the pen down to final shape.
Sanded and finished.

I need to work on getting a tighter shoulder on the blank and the scrap Which is something that will be a good skill builder for me. I like the way it cam out though and will plan to use some more of my scrap pieces in order to make a few more of this type. I am also looking toward doing this with my “Pen”dants in order to mix up the looks a bit. (see the last picture)

Thanks for looking.

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)





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tonybrews

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#1 posted 03-17-2013 05:22 PM

I’ve done pretty much the same thing, except I used a set of larger bushings (.45s or .50s) to get the pen and band to match sizes. It gives you some options to dress up a plain old slimline pen kit at a very good price! I also burn in stripes on the band by holding a wire against it while turning on the lathe.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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Karson

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 05:23 PM

There is a technique that is done on European Furniture, It is a “V” groove at the seam of two boards being glued together. That is done so if the finish cracks at the seam then you don’t see it because there is a transition between the two pieces of wood,

You could do that where the two piece of wood meet. Kind of like a slight curve on the metal piece that you are replacing. Just lightly cut a “V” groove at the joint point.

It the grain structure of the two pieces are not quite the same then the eye would not pickup the differences at the transition point.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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clieb91

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 05:26 PM

@Tony- I like the idea of wire burning the center band. I do that with a number of pens so may have to try it out.

@KArson- May give that a try the bigger problem is that the shoulder is not quite flat. so When I open the pen it tends to move apart.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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tonybrews

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 05:34 PM

I cut my “band” from scrap to the width I want. Usually 1/4” – 3/8”. I drill a 1/4” hole in the center so that it slides right onto the mandrel with no tube. I use larger bushings on each side of it and on the center side of the pen blanks. After I get done with with the turning, I put smaller bushings in their place. This way I can contour the edges of both the pen blank and the “ring” while sanding. The 1/4” hole in the “band” lets it drop right in on the transmission, just like a metal band.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 03-17-2013 07:04 PM

I glue up a square blank with different woods and turn as one piece. Eliminates the extra step of cutting back and having to be so careful when joining the two and not having a visible seam. Getting it perfectly square all around is difficult and takes practice. Trying something new I purposefully cut a blank at a angle and the result was bent lines making a unique look. Just my experience.

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

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clieb91

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 07:36 PM

@tony- i like that idea and will have to give it a try.

@woodbutcher- those are some really cool looking pens. I certainly need to play with some premade laminations.

Thanks for the ideas.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 03-17-2013 08:28 PM

Classy looking.

Hope your show went well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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KOVA

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 03:00 AM

ESTUVISTE INGENIOSO CHRIS Y ESA PLUMA ESTÁ HERMOSA
PERO TODO ÉSTE PROYECTO Y COMENTARIOS ESTÁ BRILLANTE-BRILLANTE!!!!!!!
Y LAS OTRAS PLUMAS TAMBIÉN ESTÁN MUY LINDAS :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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clieb91

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#9 posted 03-22-2013 12:04 AM

Kova, Gracious,Gracious.. We are working on finishing up project this week. And will be in touch shortly.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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KOVA

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#10 posted 03-23-2013 05:34 AM

CUENTA CON TU AMIGO DE ARGENTINA QUERIDO CHRIS :-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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