My First Pens and Pencils

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-28-2019 06:59 PM 1010 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Mark Wilson and Bob Collins have given me the bug to make a few pens. I started off with 4 slimline pen and pencil kits.
The first one on the left is juniper and the other 3 are olive wood. These are just some scraps I brought home from Arizona. Along with these I made a few arbors for pressing the parts together in the drill press.

These are are all finished with EEE and Shellawax.

I hope it does not turn into an addiction!!!!
Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-28-2019 07:03 PM

Realy good,... Too good for the first time

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-28-2019 07:08 PM

Welcome to the club, Jim!

Wait until you find yourself frantically knocking on the door of your local hardware store looking for the right bushings for a new style pen kit before closing time…. That’s when I knew I was addicted.

Very nice work

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

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 04-28-2019 07:12 PM

You are a man of many talents Jim! Those pens and pencils look perfect for a first go at it. Nice work!

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2019 07:17 PM

Great job Jim! Especially for your first go around. Very elegant.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 04-28-2019 08:06 PM

TOO LATE—you are already addicted to them!


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

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#6 posted 04-28-2019 08:25 PM

I’m speechless, Jim. This is me, being speechless.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 04-28-2019 08:41 PM

Wow Jim, I am surprised that this is your first attempt at turning pens and pencils. That being said, they are amazing!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 04-28-2019 09:04 PM

Very nice. I picked up a mandrel at an estate sale a few years ago (I found it in the bottom of a box full of other stuff I bought) and I just bought a couple of pen kits to give this a try myself. I’ve got a piece of osage orange that is screaming “make a pen out of me”.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 04-28-2019 09:16 PM

Those are very nice pens and pencils Jim. Excellent job for a newbie. I have wanted to make a pencil for some time now to use around the shop. I thought that would be cool. I just can not get myself headed in that direction. I have to sharpen the ones I have.

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

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#10 posted 04-28-2019 10:57 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments! I’m waiting on stuff for 2 projects so I had to get on the lathe again today. I’ll post the additions.

Hi Mike. I found that I needed many different bushings for the next set of pens and I just turned them out of brass on the wood lathe. I only have to go out or on like if I run out of brass rod.

Ralph, I think you are right. The wood is screaming at me to be a pen!!

Hi Nathan. I know the feeling. There is so much wood talking around here every day. The elves can’t keep up with it!!

Hi Dave. i liked making these pencils too, but in the shop I love regular pencils and I have 50 of them in the shop and 5 pencil sharpeners so I don’t have to walk very far. I see those electric ones at garage sales for $1…I can’ resist!

cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 04-28-2019 11:55 PM

Darn Purity! The addiction is a strange thing, bought a Rosewood scrap after I figured out how many pen planks I could get out of it? Wife keeps giving them away so stock never gets to the point that I might actually get to sell any!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 04-29-2019 12:05 AM

Thanks, Andre. I have a stash of Rosewood, but I am allergic to it-big time. I might put good painting respirator on and try making some out of it too!

Cheers, Jm

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

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#13 posted 04-29-2019 12:18 AM

Beauties, Jim! As for addiction- Too Late!

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

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#14 posted 04-29-2019 12:53 AM

Nice ones Jim, I made a comment early but didn’t hit the post button. I knew it wouldn’t take long for you to produce. Like the Olive wood, wood is where the addiction starts, then the different types of pen kits available.
The elves should be able pick this up easily. Cheers.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#15 posted 04-29-2019 03:21 AM

Too late Jim, the addiction has started. good looking pens mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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