Turned pens in bamboo and padauk

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Project by Elizabeth posted 09-11-2010 09:50 PM 1623 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in about 1999 I got a mini lathe while I was a college student, and turned a bunch of pens and a few other small items. I enjoyed it a lot, but a few years later I had to sell the lathe due to moving overseas. Last month I got the same model lathe again, and yesterday started turning for the first time since 2002.

First photo: These are both Slimline pens. The top one is made from bamboo and the bottom one is padauk. I have a bit of technique refinement to do but as a first (and second) go in nearly a decade I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Other photos are pics of pens I have turned in past years, and a couple of turned acorns for fun. Pic 2 is a commissioned set of pen and keychain, I think they were mahogany. Pic 3 is spalted dogwood, I still have this one. Pics 4 and 5 are a pen and pencil set, I think they were maple.

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 01:58 AM

Looks good. I have just started turning pens. I have a lot of cut off Paduak from some other projects. I might cut them to pen blank size, how is Paduak to turn?

-- Mike, Illinois,

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 04:20 AM

It’s really nice, but the dust gets everywhere and has a tendency to stain things if you’re not careful. Be prepared to have bright orange on everything you touch while you’re working, and clean your tools well before moving on to lighter woods. I’ve also heard that it’s not nice stuff to have in your lungs, like most non-domestic woods.

The grain is fairly large so at the waxing stage take it slow and make sure you’ve got everything covered and blended.

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