My first attempt at pen making!!

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Project by chris1228 posted 09-19-2011 03:58 AM 1349 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pen in a jig that I copied out of one of my wood project magazines. It is not turned in a lathe. Instead it is a twelve sided polygon shape made with the router. I used purple heart for this pen. After routing all of the sides, it was actually more gray than purple. Following another woodworkers suggestion, I baked the pieces at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes to bring the sap to the surface. As you can see from the pics, this brought the purple color back nicely. Used a slimline pen kit. Finished it with a clear lacquer.

-- Chris - Tallassee, AL.

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 04:22 AM

Chris, Looks good. I remember that article, still have not tried the router approach. I will have to keep the baking thing in mind.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 05:42 PM

You’re missing the fun of the pen making process…....the turning on the lathe.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 04:01 AM

I have a copy of the same article I think, by Charles Mak. I had the opportunity about 6 months ago to take a class with Charles on his technique for making pens using a router…it was a lot of fun. The article was good, but the class was even better! :)

-- Dan

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