Composite Countertop Pen

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Project by scottb posted 12-01-2008 04:37 AM 2321 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 31st item in my 30 day project/challenge
& auction.

... oops. Looks like I forgot to stop!

Actually I had started turning this about 1/2way through this challenge. I think it would have been the second Atlas pen I’d have posted… but turing this 3/4 (if not 4/4) thick blank down was taking forever (to make precious little progress)... and sharpening my gouges didn’t seem to help much… So I just set it aside.

I had forgotten the fact that this to split into two pieces when I drilled it out, I superglued/clamped it back together. The glue line was faintly noticible when rough turning, and I expected it would still show, another, albeit forgotten reason, I set this blank aside.

Well, fresh from my final success with the Blood Orange pen, I grabbed this partially turned blank and, with sharp chisels, I just kept going. Despite the shavings being really clingy to the gouge, it cut much more easily this time. In less than 1/2 hour I’d gone from pen blank to finished pen, having sanded and polished it from 220 grit all the way up to 12,000 (micro mesh). It was so shiny I’d even forgotten to take it to the buffer.

I didn’t know what else do do with this, finishing wise. I figure it’s polished and left to fend for itself as a countertop surface… it should stand up to any abuse on a desk top.

The crack from splitting is all but invisible. Imperceptible, I think is what they call the seams when installing a corian countertop.They used to call the material (something to the effect of) “indestructable with invisible seams”, now it’s “renewable with imperceptible seams.” I’d reckon anyone older than school age won’t know it’s there.

As for what this material actually is, I’m not sure. It was a lone blank in the last round of the pen turners swap. A greenish countertop composite made to look like granite, or a similar aggregate. The material is quite tough, and smelled a little plasticy when turning, though nowhere near as bad as the smell of other plastics or pvc I’ve cut (cut, not turned or worked for any length of time!).

-- 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 12-01-2008 04:46 AM

I remember seeing that blank. A nice job.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-01-2008 05:00 AM

This has been a very impressive month of projects. You da man!

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 05:03 AM

WOW! This is a great pen and also a great accomplishment on 31 projects in 30 days, it’s easy to find excuses this time of year, for sure. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 05:46 AM

has anyone looked up the record in the Guiness Book of World Records??? If you keep going you may get your picture taken!!!!!!! And really get LJ’s on the map…

Great job Scott…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 02:14 PM

completing the 30 projects in 30 days is impressive to say the least, congratulations!
...and to take that additional LumberJock step to complete 31 in 30, well that’s just icing on the cake!

nice work all around Scott, you should be very happy with your acomplishment.

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 02:27 PM

Very beautiful.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 03:02 PM

I’ve enjoyed watching your daily projects. I really like the shape of this pen, and the composite is cool looking.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 05:11 AM

Nice pen!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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