The pen used in my Shopsmith tool review (pen # 2)

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The pen used in my Shopsmith tool review (pen # 2)
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For anyone who saw my recent tool review of the Shopsmith 10ER, I used a pen project for my trip through the 5 tools I reviewed. This is the pen. This time I didn’t make it out of a stick from my firewood pile. Instead, I made it from one of those exotic pen woods whose name escapes me, but it contains a lot of vowels, as I recall. I checked into a couple of pen finishes some recommended by lumberjocks, and some at my reasonably local Woodcraft store, and with prices in the range of $18 for a few ounces, (being cheap) I couldn’t bring myself to get any. After all, I had already spent 99 cents on the wood.
Instead, I wiped on a couple of coats of shellac, and I finished with a wipe on coat of water based polyurethane. I went with shellac because I like the warm tones it applies to the wood.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 04:15 AM

nice pen

well written posting. fun to read.



-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 04:16 AM

LOL . . . lots of vowels.

I gotta go read your review now.

-- BLOG -

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#3 posted 03-04-2008 04:44 AM

looks great from here.
I use superglue for my finish. that’s about $5.00 a bottle. I also use it for building my segmented blanks, so it comes in handy. I say use what ever finish makes you happy!

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 05:21 AM

This is a nice pen. I agree with Darryl with regards to the finish.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-04-2008 05:32 AM

Great looking pen, very nice shine on the finish and an excellent grain pattern. I’d say that $0.99 was well spent!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 03-04-2008 04:18 PM

Great pen. nice looking wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-05-2008 01:13 AM

I’m with Darryl, superglue works really well as a finish, too. Great looking pen. Great job.

-- Mark, Atlanta,

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#8 posted 03-05-2008 01:26 PM

Great pen with very distinctive grain. I’m another vote for CA (superglue)

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