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Project by christopheralan posted 02-24-2011 01:04 PM 1919 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have been doing woodwork for a while and I have just now turned my first pens. I have no idea why I waited this long. I did 4 slims and 2 .50 cals. Awosome time. I had to grind a spade bit down to a 7mm (forgot to get one…) and my pen mandrel was the wrong size (1/4” not 7mm). Oh well. Still had fun. Thanks for looking!

-- christopheralan

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 01:40 PM

Nice first ones and the pen mandrels are 1/4 inch if they were 7mm you could not get the tubes on them. There is also a b mandrel which is stiffer and I use it on several pens. Good job and welcome to the addiction :-D


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#2 posted 02-24-2011 02:07 PM

Haha. I could swear that the pens in your first picture look exactly like the pens I’ve made before. Great job! Fun stuff isn’t it?

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 02:28 PM

These look very nice and it seems that you did a good job on them. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 03:34 PM

Great job on the pens. I love making pens because if I need a quick “shop fix” I can have a completed project in about 30-45 minutes.

The only advice I’d offer (and it’s the same thing I did when starting) is to watch closely the diameters at the ends. I like to measure the pieces that will but up to the blank with calipers and then turn to those measurements, or slightly smaller if your finish is thicker.

Overall though, nice work!

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 03:55 PM

Nice work! I just started turning pens as well, really having a blast with it.

-- John

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 08:59 PM

great job dear, superior finishing and designing

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 11:50 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! The pen mandrel actually was 1/4”, but I grinded it down to 7mm to fit the tubes on. I already have a bunch of orders for these, so hopefully I can turn a quick profit.

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 04:27 PM

Great work! I wish I had a lathe would love to try pens.
Keep it up! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 03-06-2011 04:27 PM

Nice job on these pens.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 03-21-2011 03:42 AM

Wow. that is sweet. how much would you part with one of these for.?

-- Thom custom furniture and custom sized poly-wood

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#11 posted 03-21-2011 05:36 AM

The first ones I made, I sold for $10 due to some rough spots and some scratches. The ones I do now are around $15-20. I ended up changing the 50 cal pen. I started looking at it and it was the wrong shape. The company designed it funny. I ended up fixing it to actually look like a 50 cal and that one goes for $30.

Send me an email if you would like one or the other: [email protected]

-- christopheralan

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