8 More Comfort Grip Pens

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Well I let the elves in the barn with the wood furnace running and here is what they did. They made pens out of the 8 comfort grip pens kits that were left!!

I used samples of the various woods I had in the wood room to see what wood will look the best on pens.
They are from left to right:
Birds eye maple, purple heart, red box elder, hard maple burl, teak, yin and yang walnut and maple, regular box elder and acacia with a small fractal burned pattern on it. They are all finished with EEE and Shellawax.

One problem I had with the EEE was that the rag would slide onto the brass spacer bushing and get black and deposit that onto the wood. I could not get it all off because the bushing were already sanded down to size.
So I thought I’d make the bushings out of a material that did not turn black when polished with EEE. I made a complete set of Delrin bushings and I’ll try them out tomorrow with EEE. They should work good with CA glue too because just about nothing sticks to that slippery Delrin.

This is my little tool set I use in the drill press to press all the parts together. I stand the tube on the small peg and it holds it vertical for good alignment under the top arbor with the three diameters on it.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 05-02-2019 02:16 AM

Wow Jim lovely looking pens, but I’m more impressed with your assembly method. I’ve been using the Rockler pen press, and although it works, the twist mechanism is cumbersome to use.

Those little attachments look like a much better option!

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

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#2 posted 05-02-2019 02:26 AM

Wow Jim lovely looking pens, but I m more impressed with your assembly method. I ve been using the Rockler pen press, and although it works, the twist mechanism is cumbersome to use.

Those little attachments look like a much better option!

- Tooch

Agreed. I’m always looking for a new jig to make anything faster and better fitting. Now it’s time for you to learn to cast and segment. :-) I’ve also found that folks seem to like the pens with the rubber nub on the cap for use with a phone or iPad.

How did you do the fractal burn pen?? I’ve been toying with that idea.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 05-02-2019 02:28 AM

Gorgeous work! Like the one with the fractal burning. Sweet assembly method, too!

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

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 05-02-2019 03:32 AM

Great lot of pens Jim, hope you don’t get addicted???? Like your set up with the drill press, I have been using a pen press and like Tooch above find it cumbersome at times. Agree with Andy, pens with the rubber stylus are a good
seller. Your right with the bushes Jim CA glue wont stick to them. If finishing with CA glue a coating of Burnt Linseed Oil on the blanks and metal bushes will stop the CA glue sticking, saves changing spacers for each polish.

Great idea with the Fractal burning Jim, I have pulled all the plain pens of the sales bench with the view of pulling them apart but I will try burning a few. Pity those poor Elves. Nice work Jim.

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

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 03:46 AM

красивые и нужные всегда

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#6 posted 05-02-2019 03:55 AM

Once again Jim your ingenuity shines through. I have only made one comfort pen amongst the large number of standard slimlines, the reason being, things I make and don’t keep I give away as presents, many going to overseas friends but for local gifts I offer a box containing lots of pens and the comfort pen was never taken so I eventually gave it to someone without a choice! I for a long time used the bench vice to press in the tip and clip, later I modified a useless “pen press” (shown in one of my threads).

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#7 posted 05-02-2019 05:18 AM

Genious and beautiful. Awesome other photos

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-02-2019 09:24 AM

The first thing on my list, when I began pen making, was a pen press. It works fine, for me. However, I gave up on that freak show of a drill press I have, and drill them out on the lathe in the pin jaws. I think I need to do some tweaking on my tailstock, though – there’s way too much wobbling. Nothing insurmountable, though. The hole through a blank is only fussy with regard to grain-matching, which, most of the time, isn’t critical, due to the presence of the center band in most pens.

You have a problem-solving brain matched by few I know, Mr. Jim. Come over to my house, please. All the things around here that need doing go UN-done due to my lack of such organizational skill.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 05-02-2019 09:52 AM

Jim…Beautiful Pens…Great Progress Photos.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 05-02-2019 01:00 PM

When you start something Jim you sure get into it. Nice set of pens you have. Making things easier and improving the process comes natural for you. Is the procedure for making a pencil the same as a pen?

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 05-02-2019 01:36 PM

Thank you for all the nice comments. These were all made to try out the look of the wood on the pens and I ran out of kits before I tried them all. The yin and yang pen was made from scraps laying on my bench for 6 months while I figured out what it wanted to be!!
So far I found I like olive,maple burl, teak and birds eye maple! I have lots of Brazilian rosewood which would make the finest pen but I am allergic to it but maybe I’ll but a super respirator to be able to use it.

Hi Mike, I turned a couple versions of the pen pushing arbors and then I put all 3 diameter on the one end and it works great. It aligns and holds the tip and it goes in the pen and pencil tubes to align them from the top. The little wood dowel I use to put the cap on is a little hokey but it won’t mark anything.

Hi Andy.To burn the fractal pattern in the one pen I used my fractal burner on the variable setting where the input power goes through a dimmer switch and it kept the burning pretty fine. At full power, I might have burned the wood in half!!

Hi Bob, it was a rainy old day here so I sent the elves to the barn. Do you have a variable input on you burner?

Hi Harry, I see you start out with the same method I use for the comfort grip pens. I made a little gage for my sled and I cut the blanks to within .005” on it. The problem is I assumed the tubes were 2”. They are 2.035 so I had to sand off the excess and they worked just fine. I want to make the blanks right on so I don’t need a barrel trimmer. I use an I letter drill (.272” )sharpened off center and it drills a real good 7mm ( .076” )hole.
What wood is in you comfort pen?

Hi know you and Bob Collins got me into this!! and I love it. Never thought I’d turn pens. It is really overkill using my Nova lathe for it!! I found out that I’m a pragmatic

Hi Dave. I like to have things work slick, as I call it, so it is fun for me while I doing it. I learned Continuous Improvement some where along the way and I live it in my shop!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 05-02-2019 02:04 PM

I have never tried doing a pen and may not, as it seems like an addition. One is never enough. Using your drill press is a great idea, to avoid some of the cost of just doing it for fun. You have me interested though.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 05-02-2019 02:05 PM

great looking pens jim especially that fractal burned one,should be real say your becoming addicted too.

-- 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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#14 posted 05-02-2019 03:44 PM

Very nice pens Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 05-02-2019 05:19 PM

I especially like the fractile burn one.

I really need to set up and try that. I have access to a couple old micro-waves.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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