Simple pen turnings

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Project by Wazy posted 04-11-2012 01:03 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy turning pens however I need more knowledge as to gluing up different coloured woods. For example, I would like to make a barber pole design using figured maple and a red wood yet to be determined (probably padauk).

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 01:35 PM

Great looking pens and great work. On the red and white one how did you keep the red from bleeding over while sanding? I tried one like that and had light red on my maple. What color is the blue one. Great work on the pens and thanks for sharing.

-- Newbie woodworker

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 02:08 PM

The blue one was created by using a blue water stain on a birch cut off. It was just an experiment which turned out okay. Regarding the red and white (there are two), the first one is my effort at a glue up with maple & padauk with pieces cut at an angle. I keep my chisels really sharp to achieve as smooth a finish as possible. Then, using a SLIGHTLY damp cotton strip (don’t let it get away on you), I lightly touch the turning to clear any dust. After that, it’s a matter of finishing and buffing between coats. The 2nd one is nature at its best, this maple was in soil with excess iron, hence the red colouration.

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 02:42 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Some really nice looking pens, really like the natural red streaked pen. I have been experimenting lately with using food coloring to dye pens and has worked pretty.
Oh and I like the stand as well. Look forward to seeing more.


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

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