Journey into Woodturning #51: Buckeye Burl Jr. Zen Pen

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 04-06-2021 02:07 PM 328 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This weeks video was about the amount of time it takes to make a Jr. Zen Pen and the wood I used. Buckeye burl I have heard about being used in many applications and thought, sure a pen. As I was turning the wood, I was beginning to think I got a bad selection of wood.

The punky soft wood was getting pretty bad with tear out. The more I looked at it, it seemed the wood wasn’t tearing out as much as it was getting pushed over! I switched to sanding and that went well and fast.

It wasn’t until I was editing the video and I looked up the hardness of buckeye… there are two types of buckeye and one is very close to the hardness of maple and the other is softer than pine. I think I got the softer than pine version.

Regardless, I strengthened the wood with CA glue and finished the polish with O.B. Shine Juice. This pen is for me! Finally have one of my own Jr. Zen Pens. LOL

Here’s this weeks video: Buckeye Burl Jr. Zen Pen


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#1 posted 04-06-2021 04:46 PM

love it and came out real nice.buckeye can be a real challenge but the results are worth the effort.pens are what i started with years ago and just moved up to bowls and such in the last couple months.nice thing about pens is there a quick project you can do as a break from bigger stuff.i always love your bloopers at the end.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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