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Project by Spuds posted 03-13-2009 05:45 AM 1683 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two pens done with Baron pen kits. It has a screw cap which also screws onto the post so you have someplace to put the cap while you are using the pen.

The first one is a mother of pearl blank which was EXTREMELY delicate, and you had to be sure not to cut through the coating our you would destroy the blank. The pictures really don’t do the shine and pearlescent shine justice.

The second one is a flag pen, you buy the laser cut kit and assemble the blank and then turn the blank. In this one each star was a separate laser cut part that you had to glue into the cap and the red strips had to be glued into the base. Lots of CA to fill voids, occasional wood patch to level, etc. After assembly and drying I sanded the blank smooth before any turning tools touched the surface. Those stars were small, and the wood delicate so I was concerned about knocking them out during initial truing with a skew.

-- Steve





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NeoDon

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 02:46 PM

How did you find putting together this pen kit and turning it, regarding fit and finish of the laser cut parts?
Did it lose any stars during turning that you had to re glue?

I know you had made sure you had sharpened that skew lathe chisel before ever touching it with the lightest
touch known to man, as the kit is a little expensive.

Vevay nice job on both pens.

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Spuds

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#2 posted 03-13-2009 04:23 PM

Overall the fit and finish of the parts was very good so I’d buy other kits from them. It was a bit difficult weeding stars out of the piece of wood that they had been laser cut from, you would occasionally loose a star tip when you pushed them free, fortunately they give you extra stars. The strips also fit together well, I CA’ed those in place with several coats so any gaps would be well sealed.

And yes very light cuts, the kit is a bit expensive but very cool, the wood is very delicate and there is not a lot of extra to work with so the slightest catch would be unrecoverable.

-- Steve

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