52 Weeks #45: A Pen Type of Weekend

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 11-21-2011 05:10 AM 5781 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 44: Prebuilt furniture and Miscellaneous fun in the shop Part 45 of 52 Weeks series Part 46: Just a bit late »

Yep put together and made a number of pens this weekend starting on Friday after work. But before I get into that I mentioned last week that I had some glue ups drying in the shop for some shop items.


I know nothing spectacular, just some 2×4s with holes drilled with a forstner bit. But oh so handy; the small one is attached via pocket holes to my mobile workstation by the drill press. My hope is not to lose the toothbrush and pencils as often. The larger one is a bit more advanced and uses rare earth magnets to stick to the side of my bandsaw and also to hold the miter gauge. I am willing to bet I will be making more of these from scraps and I promise not to bore you all with the others. Keep them in mind though they are quite useful.

Anywho, about those pens; I had a few that had already been turned just not assembled so I worked on getting those together and then wound up turning 3 more. Here is what they came out looking like.


The Ficus one is colored using Sharpie markers and the sealed with Mylands and wax. The Maple I have to say was quite a surprise but love the way it turned out. The 4 in the right box are all made from Honeysuckle, a nice wood but a little plain so I may play with dressing it up some in the future.

I also tried something new this weekend… Acrylics!


and I’ve got to say I like wood. However; my wife would like to make some pens for gifts this year and she likes the look of the acrylic, so I figured I should work on at least one to see how it worked. I made the mini-pen and you can see the first pen my wife turned by herself, there will be more coming. Now don’t get me wrong I like the way some of these acrylic blanks look and how nice they turn out in the end but I think I really like to work with the wood better besides wood only smells if you are burnin’ it (and that generally is not a bad smell) these things smell no matter what you are doing to them. Anyone have a good way to get that acrylic smell out of the shop. I did find that they tend to turn a little better if you round over the corners of the blank first with the router.

Well that’s about it for this night, I need to drill and prep some more blanks for the wife this week and my daughter has informed me she wants to make a pen. So I guess I will have a few things to post next week.

Hope everyone has a good week in and out of the shop, and to all of those here in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving!! (can’t believe it is here already)


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

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 04:13 AM

looks like another fine week of work…isn’t it great to have such a great hobby!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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