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Project by Bob Collins posted 12-14-2019 10:47 AM 898 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first attempt at making pen blanks from skateboards, I made some straight-grain, cross-grain, and diagonal grain, all giving different effects. The hardest part was sanding the boards, getting the best cuts and the gluing and clamping. I used gorilla glue which did a great job, used a tungsten cutting edge but still found this veneered wood very tough to turn.

I was going to put them on my sales bench at the local market until I saw the prices asked for skateboard pens
advertised on the net via ETSY. Wonder how many are actually sold. Being a hobbyist I can keep the prices down and have always had a good turn over.

I had three boards given to me at the Market so the first 3 pens will be giveaways. I made the daggy sales stand
from the ends of one of the skateboards plus some offcuts. These are all Streamline pens. Cheers.

A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from down under.

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

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Ronald G Campbell

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 02:00 PM

Love the diagonal ones . Well done

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 02:37 PM

Really, from skateboards? That’s recycling in a big way. Nice looking pens. They have a holiday look to them.

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

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#3 posted 12-15-2019 05:05 AM

Well…this is just extraordinary!! Excellent looking patterns!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 12-15-2019 08:29 AM

Let me see if I’ve got this straight. There’s a subculture of penmakers who make pens from skateboards?

-- Mark

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#5 posted 12-15-2019 08:37 AM

They are beautiful Bob, no wonder they’re selling well.
Great Christmas gift for an office worker.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 12-19-2019 01:36 PM

Bob….By Gee those are real beauties!!!!

Extra well done!!!!!!


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

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#7 posted 12-24-2019 07:43 PM

Very cool designs on those pens. Bob!!

Merry Christmas…Jim

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

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#8 posted 12-29-2019 09:22 PM

Great result Bob, incredible patterns.

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

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