Some Grab Bag Gifts

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Project by reggiek posted 11-01-2009 06:31 PM 2393 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently was asked to make some grab bag gifts for a friends son’s little league team’s uniform raffle….I had quite a bit of small pieces around the shop and some assorted tops, tubes, pencil and pen parts. These are just a quick sample of what each bag contained. These were made out of spalted pecan, cocobolo, rosewood and amboyna burl….I made over 30 of these…using left over pieces of various woods….was quick and easy (after I got used to working with the small tools again)....and everyone seemed to enjoy what they received.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 07:30 PM

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 09:55 PM

Thanks Jim…was interesting getting these set up on the big powermatic lathe….used to turn them on my little jet mini….but the PM is much faster when set up….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 01:17 AM

I’m sure they did enjoy getting those in their grab bags. Super idea and they turned out great! I’ve wanted to try my hand at turning pens, but I have a big Minimax T124 lathe and figured it was too big to try small projects. Glad to hear you did them on a big lathe.

-- John @

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 04:26 AM

Fantastic items for a grab bag. Great turnings.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 10:13 PM

Huff, the big lathes turn these just fine….I would not have purchased it to do just pens though as the mini was certainly the cheaper ($200.00 vs $1,000.00’s) and more compact lathe for these smaller items . The great thing I discovered was that all but the face plate of the mini fits on my PM…. not only that but I really enjoy having a tool rest that is longer then the pen….the mini required shifting the rest when turning even moderate sized blanks whereas the PM rest is longer then my entire mandrel. I think you will find that you will be better off with the larger lathe.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 08:22 PM

Nice turnings.In Croatia I didn’t find metal marts in stores to do pens, unfortunatelly.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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