Back to School project - Teachers Pen

  • Advertise with us
Project by lumberjoe posted 08-31-2012 02:01 AM 1373 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Back to School project - Teachers Pen
Back to School project - Teachers Pen No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

My mom and sister are both teachers, and my son and step daughter start Kindergarten this year. I saw this kit at woodcraft and I picked up a few. These are a lot more fun to turn than the slimline pens. This is purpleheart and zebrawood.

I am really proud of this one. I am getting A LOT better on the lathe. This pen came out ALMOST exactly as I wanted it to. I still want a better finish. I need to get better with sanding and experiment with different finishes. I sand with fabric backed paper from 220 to 600, then switch to micromesh from 800 to 12,000. I think I need to be more diligent with the heavier grits – or actually learn how to use a skew :)

This one is a few coats of HUT and a coat of Renaissance wax. It looks ok, but doesn’t quite “pop” the way I hoped it would. I think it’s time to try CA glue. I am also open to other suggestions


7 comments so far

View lumberjoe's profile


2902 posts in 3330 days

#1 posted 08-31-2012 02:04 AM

Also there are two noticeable (to me) mistakes. Let’s see who can spot them


View Kookaburra's profile


749 posts in 3306 days

#2 posted 08-31-2012 02:31 AM

error 1) – it has two writing ends :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

View JADobson's profile


1449 posts in 3193 days

#3 posted 08-31-2012 02:32 AM

Well the most noticeable mistake is that you forgot the finial. No, no, I can’t spot anything but a job well done.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

View lumberjoe's profile


2902 posts in 3330 days

#4 posted 08-31-2012 02:34 AM

Ha, pretty funny. In the expanded view they are glaringly obvious to me. Pen turners should pick up on them instantly.


View Sodabowski's profile


2400 posts in 3915 days

#5 posted 08-31-2012 08:56 AM

Yep, left part of the central part, and right part, where you scratched the wood.

As for finish: 240 grit, CA glue, and call it the day. Going beyond 240 or 320 will close the pores of the wood and prevent the CA from penetrating decently. Unless you have a really powerful shop vac, that is. My best looking pen thus far was finished that way, and it kicks massive @$$.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

View D_Allen's profile


495 posts in 3866 days

#6 posted 09-01-2012 02:33 PM

The only one I see is possibly that the right side has an extra recess tuned into the center section.
However, that may have been intentional as a reference as to which end has a certain color.
I recently made a double ended seam ripper with 2 different colors of acrylic on the ends of purple heart for exactly that reason. One end is a larger ripper.
The spacing on the bands may be a little off, but it’s hard to tell from just one picture. I do that on some of mine simply because I am not a machine and find it difficult to get them perfect.
As for CA glue finish, it will generally remove the recess of the grain so if that’s the look you want, try something else.
Nice pen by the way. I’ve been thinking of doing one of these but don’t have a teacher type to give it to.
I like the contrast of the gold and purple wood.

-- Website is finally up and

View lumberjoe's profile


2902 posts in 3330 days

#7 posted 09-02-2012 11:59 PM

D-Allen is the winner! I didn’t taper the right side smooth enough. I thought I could get at it with sand paper, but Zebrawood doesn’t like to be sanded down hard. Rather than overwork it, I left it as it is. The band spacing is a little off. Technically a mistake, I agree with you. This is a hand made pen, not a mass produced machine made pen. The off spacing is not horribly obvious (to most) and lets you know it is one-of-a-kind and hand crafted.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics