Second Series Pens

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Project by MrWizard posted 01-24-2012 01:48 AM 1403 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after relearning some finishing steps from some Lumber Jocks and others I returned to the shop to clean up some pens. My wife was kind enough to supply me with a truck load of Poplar, both heart and sap wood, so I will be doing a lot, of that breed of wood (any tips on how to bring it to life please send them my way.) Because I am getting use to the different woods I have had a couple of blow outs so those aren’t here. No need to share the ugly stuff. I am going to try and repair one of my Mesquite blanks as it chipped at the opening as i was doing a final squaring up with the barrel trimmer by hand before I reworked them.

I really like the reworked barrels, have done three coats of CA after 800 grit sanding, then sanding up to 12000, a light coat of Brasso, and a coat of PlastX to finish. Still working on my nib ends, I think I will settle in on a smaller holding area and save the bigger barrel stuff for the 10 mm pens I will be doing down the road. Thanks for everyone’s insight and helpful tips

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 04:02 AM

Very nice pens ,I like them all


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#2 posted 01-24-2012 04:54 AM

Nice pens MrWizard. There looking good!
Something to consider when you are sanding with the micromesh or other fine stuff. sand lengthwise at least on every other grit. Also, when polishing on the lathe, rub the polish lengthwise as well. It seemed to improve my results.

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 04:36 PM

nice pens! how are you “reworking” pens? do you remove all the hardware and remount on the lathe to sand and refinish? if that’s the case, someone please tell me how to get all the hardware off a pen! I have several of my first time pens that i am not happy with the finish on and would love another crack at them.

-- Gridlockd

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#4 posted 01-24-2012 07:53 PM

Thanks all for your input, really happy I got off my duff and started turning. Now its one of the things I am always thinking about!

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 02:38 AM

Nice looking pens. Where do you get the colored hardware. I really like the way they look with the lighter wood.

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 10:17 AM

The color hardware/sets came from two sources. PSI and
Great prices, just looking to build some inventory and see what works best with different blanks. I agree the Poplar does showcaes the color hardware better but, I’m looking forward to working on my Corian blanks which should yield some great uses for the color hardware.

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 11:28 PM

Thanks for the tip. I agree they would go well with some acrylics.

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