5-Pen Set for Dad

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Project by Tooch posted 12-22-2018 04:28 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This may be the project/gift that I’m most proud of this year. Mostly because it required me to learn a new skill, and there were so many setbacks along the way. I wish I had a little more time to make a nicer presentation box, but I just finished up with pen #5 yesterday so that is out of the question.

So here’s the rundown:

Pen 1 – Slimline kit with Cherry inserts
Pen 2 – Summit Kit with Bloodwood insert
Pen 3 – Manhattan kit with Zebrawood insert
Pen 4 – American Beauty kit with Acrylic insert
Pen 5 – Bolt action kit with Cocobolo insert

I’m actually not 100% certain on that last one as it was in a mix bag of exotic/domestic hardwoods, but as far as I could tell that’s what it looks like.

I learned that I really dis-like turning acrylic, despite the fact that it does look cool when finished. It stinks, it chips large pieces off, it wraps around the mandrel when turning. All bad things. When sanding the acrylic, I did find out that best result can be achieved from wet sanding with scraps that I used to sharpen my chisels with.

All pens are finished with a coat of Thin CA Glue, sprayed with accelerator, buffed with a scouring pad (from the janitors closet), and then polished with Shellawax. I’ve found that to produce such a nice finish, and quick, too!

I would be remiss If I didn’t send a HUGE thank you to all of the LJs who helped me along with this new project.

I appreciate you stopping in to check out my work, and a Merry Christmas to ALL!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 05:13 PM

All beautiful except that hunk of plastic:) I don’t use CA glue, just a hard wax and buff with a rag.
Made my 1st stick pen, a new learning curve and first time I had to discard a pen because of a error!
Guess I should read all the instructions, maybe twice? The Wife was impressed so I see a few more in the future!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-22-2018 06:04 PM

Nice looking pens, Mike. I’m getting bug to turn some too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 08:16 PM

A neat writing bunch! My favorites are the totally wood ones though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 12-22-2018 10:08 PM

Beautiful pens Tooch.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-23-2018 12:19 AM

tooch budy your on pen fire!.all came out beautiful.congrats your becoming a pen master.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 12-23-2018 03:28 AM

SIMPLY beautiful set of fine pens GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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