First time turning pens...

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Project by mckenziedrums posted 07-04-2010 12:53 PM 1366 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A few months back I got the itch to try my hand at turning pens. I had/have a huge stack of smaller bits of sappelle and beautiful blank walnut but really didn’t have any way to make use of them. Seemed a shame to let them go so I figured this might be a way to put them to good use.

Talked myself out of buying a lathe for a while… kept my eyes open though and ended up finding a smoking deal on a Delta Midi. It wasn’t the Jet I wanted but I figured there was no reason going all out when I wasn’t even sure I could use the sucker. Then I realized I needed a drill press… so I picked that up yesterday.

In any case… last night it was absolutely beautiful out so I set out to make my first pen. The top one in the picture was the result. Standard newbie mistake was made about leaving just a little more wood on then I should have where the hardware attaches. When I went to show my wife she was pretty stunned that I turned out a usable pen in about an hour. The coolest part though was I was able to convince her to try her hand at it. With absolutely no woodworking experience at all she made the 2nd pen in the photo. Just gave her some quick tips on not digging in too much on the lathe and voila… another gorgeous pen. It’s a little skinny in the waist but I attribute that to a woman making it. ;)

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 02:45 PM

Nice looking first pens. If you get hooked checkout the best site for pen turners on the web.


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