Inlay Pen - retirement gift

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Project by tooldad posted 05-30-2010 03:12 PM 1826 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at an inlay pen. Obviously a little nervous at $24 for the kit about blowing it out. But thanks to other LJ’s and their tips I was successful.

Sanded to 600grit with traditional sandpaper, then used up to about 2500-3200 from the plastic sanding kits
One coat of mylands friction polish applied with lathe off and allowed to dry completely.
7-8 more additional coats applied with lathe running, then buffed off. Feels glass smooth

I used to use shellawax since that came with the starter kits, however it wears off after time. Once introduced to mylands at the woodworking show, I was hooked. The other advice I was given was to apply the first coat with the lathe off and let it dry, this seals the wood.

To pass on what I learned. Work patiently and use SHARP tools. I use the carbide tip cutter from Craft USA. That tool is a blessing or a nightmare depending on how patient and gentle you are.

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 03:43 PM

You can also try CA or Ca/BLO.
I made the same pen for my daughter who loves to fish


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

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 07:57 PM

Amazing pen with outstanding inlay.


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#3 posted 05-30-2010 10:07 PM


For your First Inlay this is a Beautiful Pen! Oddly enough I was browsing Lee valley Yesterday looking at Pens.

IF the Link Works Have a Look at the Lazer Cut Inlay Pen. “Flame Sierra & Flame Baron” HOT!!,250,43243,65569&p=65569

Regards: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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