Claro Walnut Pen

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Project by JohnGreco posted 04-20-2012 01:49 PM 2571 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, another pen! :)

Claro Walnut mounted on a Rhodium rollerball hardware kit. I lost count on how many layers of CA were used for the finish, but boy does it shine! Finish was sanded to 12,000 grit then buffed.

This was turned between centers….I think it’s safe to say my mandrel is about ready to be thrown away. Just not using it anymore.

Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 02:23 PM

That’s a very beautiful pen! Nice work!

How do you turn pens between centers? Do you have a link or blog explaining how? I can imagine a bunch of ways that would work, but I have never tried.

Thanks for sharing!


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#2 posted 04-20-2012 04:44 PM

Thanks, Brian.

Turning between centers uses a live center in the tailstock and a dead center in the headstock. You place the blank between the two (only 1 blank at a time, of course) and turn it as you would as if it were on a mandrel. But because there is no mandrel, you don’t need to worry about the flex from tightening the tailstock or from tool pressure. The result is a much more true turning. From there you can take it to the next level and toss the bushings and use calipers dialed in to the hardware sizes the piece will fit in to, having the dead and live centers in the tube of the blank itself. That’s a bit more tricky; it’s easy to round over your ends when sanding if you’re not careful.

-- John

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 09:07 PM

Very nice pen!


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#4 posted 04-27-2012 02:54 AM

I’ve looked at this pen of yours just about every way possible. THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!! I’m just getting into turning pens. I’m sure I’ll be checking back on your work.

Loved the detail. I’ll have to check out the finish you used, too. That really makes a difference.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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