First pen (Cocobolo slimline)

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Project by NirvanaFan posted 07-01-2016 04:35 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had the lathe for a while and goofed around a bit. After waiting for a pen mandrel, bushings, and pen kits, I finally got around to turning my first pen. I selected a small scrap of cocobolo I’ve had laying around for about 5 or 6 years now. The wood turned easily but it still took me an hour and a half.

I learned a lot. I need to sharpen my tools because I either bent my mandrel or it wasn’t perfectly straight when I got it. I reaffirmed that I hate finishing. Sanding is the bane of my existence. I didn’t quite sand well enough and you can see some sanding marks near the tip. The CA went on alright, but I didn’t sand it quite well enough, especially near the center band.

If you look closely, you can see the imperfections. I thought it came out alright, especially for a first pen.

The color change of the wood is pretty amazing. The first picture of the pen on the drunken cutting board was taken the day after it was finished. The picture of the pen on the desk was taken about a week later.

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 02:01 AM

Nice Pen.

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-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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