First Pens

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Project by Eddie posted 02-21-2014 05:37 PM 1196 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys!

I have been wanting some lathe practice and a pen seemed like a good project for just that.

The first pen I turned was the simple shaped one in Osage Orange with Gold Upgrade kit.

The second one I decided I wanted to add some shape and ergonomics. It was done in Bocote with a Copper kit.

This was my process: -Blanks were rounded using a radiused square carbide cutter which took less than a minute each. -Then they were shaped mainly with a circle carbide cutter (Sidenote: my carbide tool was purchased from Cap’n Eddie Castelin—google him, you wont regret it) -Both sanded up through 600 and then finished with CA Glue sanded through 12,000 -Polished with Meguiars Car Headlight Wax.

Both are slimline pens (went with the cheapest I could find, assuming I would botch it and have to buy another)

Never thought making these would be so rewarding. Its so nice to have a project you can start and finish in one short evening!

I found a clearance Fountain Pen kit locally…so I will try to tackle that one next.

What do you guys think?
Advice/Opinions greatly encouraged!


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#1 posted 02-21-2014 10:41 PM

They look good. I like the color of the Osage Orange. Watch out very addictive… since you already turned 3 and bought more it may already be too late :)


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#2 posted 02-22-2014 12:40 PM

Great looking pens

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 04:35 PM

They all look attractive. Great shapes, woods and well finished. Great job!

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