First pen

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Project by TungOilTim posted 04-11-2010 03:27 AM 1773 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I received a new Jet mini lathe from my wonderful girlfriend for my birthday. So I figured my first project should be a pen. The hardware was from Woodcraft, and the wood is Padauk. The finish was CA glue and tung oil, and in my opinion it turned out OK. If anyone has any suggestions or instructions on finishing these, I’d really appreciate it. I hope all of you like it, I hope to make many more. All comments are appreciated.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 03:42 AM

nice pen tim. I just started turning myself but i know nothing about pen turning. Looks like fun. Sounds like the girl friend is a keeper.

-- RKWoods

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 04:46 AM

Nice looking pen. They become addictive. To simplify the finishing process I just sand down to 400 and then use EEE-Ultra Shine to simplify the sanding and then add a minimum of 3 coats of Shellawax Cream Friction Polish. Gives them a decent finish for me just starting out. Then I add a coat of paste wax. I have also used tung oil and CA or CA alone. Keep em coming.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 06:09 AM

That came out real nice.

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 03:42 PM

Tim, listen to Rozzi its right on advice

-- Frank

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 04:23 PM

Nice pen I use Medium CA only and wet sand to 12,000.
First I sand the blank to 320 and remove all scratch marks.
I then clean the blank with alchohol helps remove the oil from oily woods as well
I then apply 6 to 12 coats of medium CA (running my lathe at the lowest speed)using a quality paper towel I have folded over several times and about 3/4 to an inch wide, this allows me to constanlty fold it over and use a clean spot everytime. I use accelerator in between coats.
After applying all the coats I wet sand lightly using 400 sandpaper, this helps to give you an original smooth surface because it will show you the highs and lows in your CA application. I then use 400 paper to remove these ridges and valleys. You have to be careful here and I have found keep the paper damp or you will remove too much finish and have to reapply again.
After this I use micromesh pads ( I don’t use the 2 roughest pads ) which I keep in a tub full of water and wet sand through all the grits.
Some of this I learned from Colin on but I have also adapted it to my comfort zone. I will post a picture of an English Yew Cigar as well so you can see it.
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Jerry (Seer)


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#6 posted 04-11-2010 10:27 PM

You’ll keep that one. I always keep the first one of everything I make. Very nice. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#7 posted 04-11-2010 10:36 PM

Very nice, and the pen looks good too…. Keep being nice to your girlfriend and maybe you will get more shop tools…. Rozzi’s finish is a good one. However that wax friction finish can dull after time. CA is more work, I have been trying to spray on conversion varnish before assembly and the finish is rock hard and easy to do. At least for me I spray it everyday at work! Nice pen, Dudley has it right make sure you keep the first one. 6 months from now look it over and see how far you have come… Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#8 posted 04-11-2010 11:58 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions, they’re greatly appreciated. I’m going to have to try both rozzi’s and Seer’s finishing techniques and see which one works for me.

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 03:38 AM

Very nice looking pen there Tim. I have all the tools and parts and assortment of blanks to turn My first but have not found the time. thanks for some inspiration. Keep it comin !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 04-20-2010 03:36 PM

Dudley the first pen I ever made I was showing it to my SO, and she said, ” well I like that ” and when i looked down at my hand to turn the pen around to show her the other side it was gone. Every once in a while it turns up but I haven’t been able to touch it! I can’t say I have kept the first but I think after 7 she let me have one!


-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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