Wall Street II, Atlas, Civil War Bullet, Over Under Shotgun & European Pens

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Project by FJPetruso posted 01-09-2015 06:51 AM 1346 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been turning pens for some time now & finally decided to post some photos. I like how easily you can choose different species of wood to dress up a pen. I like to make acrylic pens too but I prefer the real wood ones. On these pens I used mahogany, mulberry, palm, walnut & acrylic camo. On the Over Under Shotgun pen I chose to dye the wood on the upper tube (cap) red to look more like a Super X shotgun shell.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 12:03 PM

Nice looking pens. I’ve turned a lot of pens and enjoy it for the fact that every one is different. What are these finished with? I use CA on most all of mine now.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 03:15 PM

Nice looking pens.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 06:20 PM

Thanks for the comments. You’re right, it’s the figure of the wood that separates hand turned pens from the mass produced pens. That’s why I use friction polish on most of my turnings, followed up with some Renaissance Wax when completed. And I recommend that users rub a bit of ordinary furniture wax on the wood pens now & then. Mostly because I prefer a more satin finish that allows the figure of the wood to show up better. I’m not a fan of hi gloss finishes because scratches show up & dull the finish after some use anyway. My acrylic pens are hi-gloss though. 5 minute epoxy is used to glue the tubes into the wood or acrylic blank. I do use CA to stabilize highly figured or punky wood & to fill cracks & keep them from expanding while turning. (Quite a bit of CA was used to stabilize the fir when turning my salt & pepper grinders.)

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 04:44 PM

Frank, These look great! Like how you used the color on the over under.
I to prefer the look and feel of the wood and use just friction polish. Acrylics are rarely turned in my shop as I am not a big fan of the smell and it takes a bit of time to get it out of my shop.


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

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