My first segmented pen with no kit center band

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Project by Carl Fisher posted 09-16-2011 07:13 PM 1910 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pen has several firsts for me along with some lessons learned to apply to the next one.

The wood is rosewood with silver maple running down the center of the upper barrel and also as a center band replacement. This wood was too nice to turn an every day slimline and that’s the only kits I have on hand while I’m waiting for some new kits to be shipped to me, but when you have to make a pen you find a way :)

I glued up the upper in one shot with the center band and middle segment clamped up with gorilla glue for the adhesive. I wanted to be sure to fill any voids so I didn’t have a problem during drilling or turning.

Lessons learned:
1. Square up the end of the blank upper before attaching a custom piece for a center band replacement. Skipping this step yielded a slightly cocked center band where it joins the main blank body that wasn’t apparent until turned.

2. Drill presses don’t guarantee straight holes. I had the blank clamped in my pen vice, squared everything up yet ended up slightly askew out the bottom resulting in a slightly angled vertical segment. I think I’ll start drilling on the lathe instead.

3. I will personally never use the center band from a slimline kit again. It opens up such a world of possibilities turning your own center band and it just looks so much nicer.

-- Carl Fisher, Fort Mill, South Carolina --

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 07:33 PM

Beautiful pen! turning and especially pens is a lot enjoyment.

Happy turning!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 08:11 PM

Great job on that pen. Making the band self is much better and its looking great :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 02:38 AM

Great looking prn. I like the contrasts in the woods

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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