Starting Christmas Gifts - Gatsby Pen and Pencil

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I am going to take a chance that my wife’s boss(s) don’t watch my projects on Lumberjock. Here is what she is giving one of her bosses for Christmas.

It is a matching “Gatsby” pen and pencil set. The required blank was short enough that I was able to get both out of one piece.

They are acrylic (not wood) and use a gold pen and pencil kit. Other than a mix-up on my part where the center hole was not pefectly centered, they came out as expected.

Now if only I could figure a way to make some money with this hobby. But, then again, it wouldn’t be a “hobby”.

-- B. Corliss

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 08:12 PM

Nice set. I didn’t think acrylic would go with this style of pen, but I see I was wrong. I made a couple pens using Bethlehem Olive wood and they turned out fine. What is the name of the blank? And yes, you can make a few dollars and still have a hobby:)

-- Rick

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 08:39 PM

I think it is “Lava Bright Classic 2 Deep Copper w/ Gold Thread”. I got it from Penn State Industries.

I wasn’t sure about the acrylic blank either. But, my wife picked it out of the catalog and I figured I would give it a shot. The worst that could happen is that it didn’t look right and I would have had to buy new tubes.

As it turns out, you can see through the material where it is thinner at both ends. It is a good thing my glue job didn’t have any bubbles and the tubes were brass. Definately something to keep in mind for future projects.

-- B. Corliss

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 08:55 PM

Wow! so beautiful. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 03:33 AM

Learned the hard about acrylics when they get thin at the ends. Have a pen that has a blue tint to it. You can see the brass tube at either end. I have started using tubes painted white. Made another one the other day with a white tube and you cannot tell it.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 01:16 AM

So now you learn about painting tubes and blanks.
Testor’s is a good acrylic paint.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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