Pen #24

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 04-21-2019 07:45 AM 709 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure, exactly, what this wood is. So, I’m declaring that it is Jatoba. The finishing worked out just as it should have, this time.

Oh. I had to go mandrel shopping yesterday. See, this pen started out with a different blank – the “Angle-Cut Canary,” which I’ve used before. Pretty stuff, innit? You know what else it is? It’s brittle at the ends. There were a couple of little chip-outs – one on each barrel.

No problem,

said the smartarse in the corner.

Just glue some dust into it,

said he, as though he knows anything about it.

What did I do? I did just as I do even when I know my GPS navigators are lying to me. I followed the blue line, and embarrassed myownbadself. Yeah. While I was able to get two of the bushings and one of the barrels off, the other barrel and bushing became permanently affixed to the mandrel. So, I went mandrel shopping yesterday. I bought two. So I’d have a backup. You know what? No? I’ll tell you what. One of the new ones is defective. See, in the package, what you have is the mandrel shaft screwed into the MT2, and the Knurled K-nut screwed onto the other end, with the other parts in the little baggies. Well, sir. The Knurled K-nut is screwed on so tightly that I couldn’t get it off. You can’t grab the shaft with pliers, lest ye mar the shaft. With the taper in the headstock and the tailstock giving support, and the spindle lock engaged, a mighty heave on the Knurled K-nut merely unscrews the shaft from the MT2. So, I put it back in the bag, along with the receipt, to take it back to Woodcraft. Wait here a minute. I gotta go check something…

Now that’s using your head for more than just a hat rack.

Thank you.


So, next time I want to use the Angle-Cut Canary – and, I will, because I really like it -

I will impregnate the ends of the barrel blanks with thin CA between setting the tubes and mounting on the mandrel.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

- If you can’t make both ends meet, make one end vegetables.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-21-2019 10:39 AM

Lovely results, Mark. I do like that hardware, is it black chrome? Haven’t seen that one before

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

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#2 posted 04-21-2019 11:08 AM

Wow, Look at you! Getting Arty and Smarty all at the same time. Nice pen with lovely grain pattern and your thumbnail photos make such a pretty chevron pattern. Then you go and teach yourself some new tricks – always good to learn something new on a project. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing,


-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-21-2019 12:37 PM

Nice pen, mark. I have some African blackwood and I heard it is ” chippy” on the ends too!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 04-21-2019 12:48 PM

Nice sleek looking pen Mark. The angled canarywood one will look fantastic I bet.

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 04-21-2019 01:41 PM

Your pen has an aged look to it Mark…. And I like that! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-21-2019 01:50 PM

beautiful pen love the lines GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#7 posted 04-21-2019 05:07 PM

I like this one!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-21-2019 05:31 PM

that came out real nice buddy.

-- 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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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 04-21-2019 07:49 PM

Thank you all very much.

Tooch: It’s satin Nickel.

John: I just didn’t want it to look like the same photo repeated.

Jim and Dave: Stay tuned.

Lew: That’s what I live for.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 04-23-2019 11:48 PM

I really like this one Mark!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-01-2019 05:28 AM

This little project is actually giving me a lot of ideas. I remember when I was young that I had a lot of spy pens with secret messages in storage in these small portable devices that looked similar to pens. If you can create a beautiful housing like this, I don’t see why you couldn’t create a “spy device” too…

-- Paul Chau, manager at:

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