My first pen

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Project by mpmitche posted 01-07-2016 12:44 PM 1037 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished my first pen this week and it was a very fun project. The wood is some cherry I found from another project and the kit is the Big Ben Cigar pen. I really like the heft of this kit. I bought a package kit so expecting to complete at least five more in the near future. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 01:12 PM

Nice looking pen. Welcome to the fun of woodturning

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 01:39 PM


Welcome to the world of pen turning. That is pretty good for your first pen. What I learned is to stop turning when I got close to the bushings and take it the rest of the way with sanding paper. I now do not pay attention to bushing anymore and just take a dial caliper to the nib and others and take it down from there. I seen many pen kits with a little difference so with one the wood was to high and another to low and so on.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 03:28 PM

Nice looking pen. I too am a fan of the big Cigar pen kit. I recently found out that they also make a “click” version. Haven’t tried one yet as my local Woodcraft doesn’t carry them but I will eventually. I prefer a click over a twist for convenience.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 03:30 PM

looks great nice job ive been turning pens for about 8 years there a lot of fun to make.i usually make a bunch during the holidays they make great gifts and there easy to sell because hey who doesnt need a pen its the perfect gift and there one of a kind the only problem is you can get addicted-have fun.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 06:09 AM

Uh oh, now you’ve done it….
Pen making is addicting. Watch out though. Once word gets out that you make nice pens, everyone will come out of the woodwork wanting you to make them one.
Even with that, Pen making is a lot of fun.
Great first pen. Btw, check out PSI, I think they make the click cigar versions.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 01:53 AM

Thanks everyone, I got a set from PSI and was saving the click pen for myself. I finished it last night and love it. So glad I saved it for myself instead of the ones I gave away (the above went to the father inlaw for his birthday tonight along with a slimline pencil I knocked out before getting a picture.

-- Mike, Western New York

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