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Project by scottb posted 11-20-2008 04:13 AM 3429 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

with a walnut skin!

That’s right, a skin for your everyday disposable pen – not so everyday anymore!

Genuine walnut burl from California – a cousin to the first 30 days project entry a mere 18 days ago – finished with, you guessed it walnut oil – to bring out the best in the swirly burly grain – and friction polished to help it outlast dozens of refills. Yes you can swap out a new insert (nicked from a Bic Crystal pen) when it finally runs dry, but at $1 or 2 for a pack of ten this is a fancy pen with a thrify side.

but now what to do with all those old clear plastic pen tubes? Lousy straw with a hole in the side… no teachers to shoot spitballs at….

This is the 19th item in my 30 day project/challenge
& auction.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 11-20-2008 04:30 AM

very nice. where did you get a 6 inch 1/8 drill bit ?

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 04:31 AM

What a really neat idea. What size drill bit would you use for this and how far into the blank do you drill ?

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 04:50 AM

Beautiful !

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 05:01 AM

If you made this from scratch Scott, not only is my hat off to you, I’m waving it around like a buckaroo. Even if it’s a kit, it’s a pretty fine concept. Beautiful!

and Happy Birthday, Lathe-master!!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#5 posted 11-20-2008 05:02 AM

That’s pretty cool, Scott. Great idea and neat execution.

I’m dying to read the HOWTO! Hint, Hint!

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#6 posted 11-20-2008 05:51 AM

Scott: A great idea. nice job on this one, and where are the details.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 05:59 AM

I just took a class at Woodcraft to learn to make these with a Bic Stic refill (they may be the same size). Yours looks a lot better than mine! Very nice!

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#8 posted 11-20-2008 05:59 AM

Thanks – no Doug, this ain’t a kit.

This is the second I made, third I’ve attempted. I think I figured out the how to. If I can make another, I’ll post a blog on it… though I’m sure there’s an easier way.

There was an article that inspired this, but some of the instructions didn’t work for me. – as least it pointed me in the right direction for the supplies – My brother-in-law works on airplanes, and has access to some 12” long drill bits. (I know you can buy them online somewheres too)... I used a #21 aircraft drill bit (I think, you can also find bits measured out to three decimal places, so grab your calipers and you’re in business) to bore out the middle. The fit is a little loose, the first pen was fine, I’m wondering if a hair smaller dia would be better. Anyhow a short one to get the hole started with, and a long one to drill out deep enough to fit in the insert – nearly 6” deep.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 11-20-2008 07:00 AM

Good thinking Scott, & a really nice pen.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 11-20-2008 02:23 PM

that’s pretty cool scott!

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#11 posted 11-20-2008 08:23 PM

I love the idea, and a beautiful job on the execution

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#12 posted 11-22-2008 08:15 PM

here’s a link I just found… someone beat me to the How-to.
this is pretty much what I did:

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 11-22-2008 11:48 PM

OK, now you’ve done it. I know I am going to make a bunch of these. Great job again Scott.

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#14 posted 11-23-2008 08:01 PM

Pimpin’ a pen…..NICE!

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#15 posted 11-28-2008 09:36 AM

This one is better : ) Now what are you using for a cap on this model , or does it come with a pen stand ?

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