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If I can turn the material on a Wood lathe, I'll make a pen out of it!

I really like making functional Art items.

I can make some really interesting pens out of scraps, I do recycle a lot…..js

Let me know what you may think…..

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I really like the modern steam-punk look of the first pen. I would like to read how you went about making that one.
 

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I did not make the actual blank. Each pen component set/kit has a different size/diameter. Circuit board blanks are only made in 7MM, 8MM, 10MM and 3/8". Just match the right diameters up and either order the 5" blank or matching made for kit blank.

This is a Steam Punk Bolt Action component set. In this case the tube diameter is 3/8" and I ordered the 3/8" Circuit board from Bear Tooth Woods.

Here's that website: http://www.beartoothwoods.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4725

Hope this helps! If you need more directions let me know. I use carbide tools of this type of blank!

Best regards
Randy

I really like the modern steam-punk look of the first pen. I would like to read how you went about making that one.

- Raymond Thomas
 

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Nice work, I made a cpl bullet pens Sat for a birthday party, always popular gifts. I love steampunk style for some reason. I'm getting ready to make a lamp. All great looking pens
 

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I really like the modern steam-punk look of the first pen. I would like to read how you went about making that one.

- Raymond Thomas
Me too! Lots of attitude!
 

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PanamaJack, Great combination of "Steam" and "CB". The other pens are not too shabby either.

While turning a pen may be ROTM (Run Of The Mill) for a turner, prospective recipients (gift or $) don't appreciate the many oopsies one has to factor in. A large chip out or the CB makes me consider "replacement" vs "repair time"... I always err on the latter.

If you make a lot of pens and recycle… tag them "BOOMBYs"... great hit with friends.

PS. BOOMBY... Branch Out Of My Back Yard.
 

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I like the first one, a real eye catcher!!! The others are also nice but this steampunk style seems to be a hit.
 

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Some Good Stuff there, Panama Jack! Here is s neat idea for you to try out… I formerly worked for a plastics re-cycling company where one of the services we performed was taking PET Purge and re-ground it back into PET resin for repurposing. PET is the clear plastic that water bottles, and many food grade clamshell containers. The process demands that PET resin is melted and then blow-injected to form the bottles, containers whatever. At the end of each run, the excess melted PET is purged from the injection machines to avoid solidifying inside the machinery. The resulting "purge" creates hardened greyish-white puddles, something similar looking to a white cow patty! It it this purge that is then re-ground so it can be re-heated and melted for other runs. Having obtained several of these "white cow patties", i ripped them into 3/4" X 3/4" X 6" pen blanks. I then drilled and turned these as I would other acrylic blanks. The result was an unusual piece that we were able to use as promotional pieces for our valued clients.




 

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Some Good Stuff there, Panama Jack! Here is s neat idea for you to try out… I formerly worked for a plastics re-cycling company where one of the services we performed was taking PET Purge and re-ground it back into PET resin for repurposing. PET is the clear plastic that water bottles, and many food grade clamshell containers. The process demands that PET resin is melted and then blow-injected to form the bottles, containers whatever. At the end of each run, the excess melted PET is purged from the injection machines to avoid solidifying inside the machinery. The resulting "purge" creates hardened greyish-white puddles, something similar looking to a white cow patty! It it this purge that is then re-ground so it can be re-heated and melted for other runs. Having obtained several of these "white cow patties", i ripped them into 3/4" X 3/4" X 6" pen blanks. I then drilled and turned these as I would other acrylic blanks. The result was an unusual piece that we were able to use as promotional pieces for our valued clients.






 

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