First Pen series

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Project by MrWizard posted 01-19-2012 08:42 PM 1206 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Its only taken me three years to get the nerve to start turning pens. Last Christmas I received a huge amount of blanks to kick off a new hobby, but still lacked a few key tools and devices. But when Christmas came around again I was determined to do something with them. So far I am pretty happy with the results. I’ve done a few simple Slim Lines and then I went a little crazy, playing with different grip configurations to see what felt best and had a good look. The third image is my eldest Son’s first turned pen. I stood by and watched him turn it himself and made sure he understood the tools. Nothing to over the top but definitely not the easiest design to start with. Very proud of him for diving right in. Right now it’s learning to get a really great finish, mainly using CA and Linseed Oil. More later Time to go drill some blanks!!

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 08:07 AM

Great looking pen.well done.

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 03:12 AM

Thanks Jim, I’m still fine tuning my finishing process, but we all have our process’.

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 09:20 AM

Looks great for your first pens, MrWizard! I have been fine tuning my finishing process and have really liked what I have come up with. I use a lot of Russ Fairfield techniques in my finishing and it works out great.

I finish my pens sanding from 150 grit through 600 grit and then start wet sanding with micro mesh to 12000. After this I dry the pen and put on BLO at low then high speed. After it shows a shine from this I begin to finish with CA by placing 6 drops of glue on a paper towel, not direct to the blank, and then rub it own and rub it out for about 3 seconds on each side. I will do this 8 times with medium CA while hitting it with accelerator in between each coat.

After the CA is on I sand with micro mesh again and check the first sand with the imperfections. I found that if you do not get the high spots of CA knocked down at the beginning then they will stay throughout. After awhile I got to the point where there was no high spots before sanding. After sanding out all the way I use PlastX from Mqguires. I put two coats on and then hit it with a high gloss mist spray to finish it off.

I would suggest to google Russ’ finish and others to see what you like the best. I will be picking up some friction wax polish to try that soon because of the minimal amount of time it takes and the results I have seen. But for now, I stick with what works for me..

Good Luck and keep on posting projects.


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#4 posted 01-22-2012 08:20 PM

Thanks for your insight. I have been re watching and making notes and I realize I got ahead of my self, I sanded to 600, applied my CA finish,BLO and thought it was good to go. But now after re watching some of the top finishers, I see that they state to sand to 400-800, apply their level of CA finish, then move onto micro sanding. which is something I had not tried yet thinking it was only for the Acrylics. So of the pens That I have not assembled, I am going to rework my sanding and go into my micro mesh / wet sanding. I am sure I am going to get a much result from where I have started.

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