New in pen turning and HOOKED!!

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Project by Adam Hood posted 03-14-2011 03:45 AM 1639 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, this were my first try at turning pens and let’s just say that….I’M HOOKED!!! I have a few in acrylic (the white for my wife and blue for me) and the I have a few that I turned out of Birdseye Maple (a pen for me and mechanical pencil for my wife). The Birdseye maple was giving to me by my grandpa in Indiana..THANKS G-PA. I love the look of the Birdseye Maple before it’s turned but it looks 10x better after its turned and finished. I have one that pops ended up gluing up a Walnut, Oak, & Cherry blank to see what it looked like. I think it looks pretty good myself. The 2 darker pens are made out of Brazilian woods. 1 is a Brazilian Walnut and the other Brazilian Mahogany. All then here with the exception of the acrylics have been finished with the boiled linseed oil and CA Glue and HUT wax. I love the finish and will not use anything else besides that because of the hard durable finish and the shiny and smooth finish. Let me know what ya’ll fellow wood workers think and I take any advice or constructive criticism you give from the fellow pen turners. Thanks for looking.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 11:16 AM

Great job i love turning pens.The acrylics look so nice,keep up the great work.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 01:27 PM

Nice work Adam. Looks like another hooked by the pen monster..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 05:35 PM

Thanks to the both of you..I love turning pens also..I have been into bowls & goblets but def got hooked by the pen will be seeing more of these.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 01:01 AM

The pens look great.
I was wondering what type of lathe you are using. I am thinking of buying one to try making pens. Hopefully with a tax refund I may be able to purchase one.

-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 04:30 AM

Thanks ManofStone, I use a Jet 10×14 VSI. 99% of all the turners that you will talk to uses Jet products. I had a an old Craftsman lathe for 8 months then when tax return came I bought this one. The VSI is the variable speed and the I stands for indexing. This lathe is made for turning pens, small bowls and spindle work. you can’t turn large bowls very well, it doesn’t have enough power. I got mine off of I am very happy with it. If you end up getting the things to make pens, watch out cause it’s very addicting. Turning itself is addicting. Hope the info I gave you helps you out some.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 03:49 PM

Congratulations. Pen turning becomes an addictive hobby for turners, and it looks like you are well on your way. You made some beautiful pens. Check out some great kits and prices on any PSI kit. I’ve found that team to be great, and they have some terrific sales.

-- Mark, Atlanta,

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 06:09 PM

Mark, I have checked out that site before and they do seem to have good prices. I’m from central Florida between Tampa and Orlando and the Woodworking Show is coming to Tampa this Friday so I am going to pick up a large supply of stuff there. When that runs out I’m going to hit up for my supplies. Thanks for the info and the compliment.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 06:12 PM

We’ve lost another one to the lathe. I worried that I was gone for a while too once I got my lathe.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 03-16-2011 02:03 AM

Lost another to the lathe? LOL!

The pens look good, CA is my favorite finish..takes a while to make a single pen but you just can’t beat that finish for durability. Remember: “Patina” by any other name is still just skin oils and dirt. :D

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 04:06 AM

Bertha & DynaBlue…The lathe had me about a year ago!! I just got into making pens. I tried just the CA but it wasn’t working for me and then I went to my local woodturners club meeting and they did a demo on CA finish. One of the guys did it with just CA and another guy put boiled linseed oil on first then CA so and I have tried that and it works AWESOME!! I will never use another finish for pens.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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