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Project by IowaWoodcrafter posted 04-25-2010 06:00 AM 1621 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try my hand and turning pens and pencils. I’ve been enjoying myself way too much. None of the other projects on my list have been getting done. Oh well, at least I know what I’m making my family for Christmas this year, pen and pencil sets! My goal is to make matching gift boxes with inlay, (something else I’ve never done.)

The first set on the left are white oak burl. The second set is tiger walnut. The third set is paduak and the fourth set is purpleheart. I’m going to make some cherry, tiger maple and regular walnut as well. After that it’s off to the wood store to find some more exotic stuff. ;)

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 11:52 AM

I like these style pens, They just feel good when you write with them. These actually look like those expensive sets that you find at the mall. Nice work, did you stain thoses or are they “all nat-u-ral”

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#2 posted 04-25-2010 03:30 PM

Very nice. Did you use a CA finish on them?

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 04-25-2010 03:41 PM

Great job on your sets. The tiger walnut set is my favorite.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#4 posted 04-25-2010 04:04 PM

Well done.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#5 posted 04-25-2010 05:18 PM

Awesome pens, nice assortment of colors. I want to turn pens too but am to worried that none of my cabinet making projects will get finished because of the drug of pen turning.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#6 posted 04-25-2010 07:05 PM

The pens look great… your family and friends will be delighted when you give them a set! I am looking at getting into pen turning (since turning a pen at a Woodworking Show this year). I was wondering if you could tell me the type of lathe you have (and if you would get a different type again), what turning tools you use, and what pen kits you are using (and from where)? sorry for all the guestions, but am trying to buy the right equipment starting out.

After looking at what you have done… I am more psyched than before!


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#7 posted 04-25-2010 07:41 PM

Very nice looking pens, now you are officially hooked. Wait till you try some of the more $$ pens. I have been doing some cigar pens from Rockler and they are harder but much fun to do. 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 04-26-2010 05:17 PM

Getneds, all of the pens are the natural color of the wood other than the shellawax.

Alan, I’ve never heard of CA finish, can you provide some background?

DonFaulk0517, I am using a Grizzly G0462 lathe. It’s overkill for turning pens and pencils. My intention is to also turn other items like legs and bowls. If I were just turning the pens I’d opt for a midi lathe. I still might buy a small lathe so I can sit while turning. I’ve purchased all of my pen making stuff from Penn State Industries. They have starter kits which include everything you need. They also have kits which include the lathe. I’d highly recommend you look them up.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#9 posted 04-26-2010 07:50 PM

Nice pens Owen. CA finish is a super glue finish. Its a super hard finish that will usually last as long as the pen. Here is a video by William Young that will show you how its done.
Pen State kits are sold through other dealers that sell them for less than they do. WOOD-N-WHIMSIES is one of these dealers.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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