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  1. Cheap & Easy Pen Press

    If you're new to wood turning like me, by the time you've bought the lathe, chisels, and all the accessories, dropping another $50 on a pen press just seems ridiculous. Before you say "but you don't know", I do know; I used one extensively at a friend's shop and I don't really see the reasoning...
  2. My First Pens

    These are the first pens I've made. From top to bottom bottom the types of wood used are goncalo alves, Kentucky coffee tree, cocobolo, bocote, zebrawood, and purpleheart. (I think have those right, anyway.) It's not been all that long ago that I had never heard of any of these woods. I...
  3. Chrysalis of a Pen

    Boys and Girls, While there seems to be an upsurge on the presentation of individuals' pen creations here at LJ (well a couple in the last 3 months), I had to do a bit of searching for a how to blog/project. While there are plenty, I'm sure many readers only delve so deep into the archives and...
  4. Pen Blank Cutting Jig

    Boys and Girls, Contrary to what many think, there's more to my backward mentality than you may imagine… and it comes in the form of reverse engineering. I built this pen blank cutting jig a few years ago whose purpose was to accurately cut a pen blank for the appropriate brass tubing without...
  5. Leather pen.

    Hello, Goofing around with pen making. Another one of my "earth pens". If you want to watch the process:
  6. Grand daughter blanket chest

    I made this for my grand daughter. It was made using select yellow pine and techniques used were raised panels and dadoed corners to connect the sides together. This was all glued up, with no fasteners being used. The challenge for me was that I didn't have a table saw at the time and I had to...
  7. Goofing Around

    Goofing around out there today. The wood species are African Padauk, Maple Burl and Leopard wood. Sanded to a very high grit and then finished with Shellawax. I am making a mess of these to give away as small gifts for hospital visits, thank you's, and so on. It's a fun and easy way to use...
  8. Pen Making 201

    I have been away for nearly two years from posting a project. To all my friends here; I am so sorry, I did not die, though I may smell like it at times do to the excessive heat we have had in Southern Indiana this past summer and not having air conditioning in the shop. I have torn apart that...
  9. Woodworking Skill Share
    I recently bought some 5/8×5/8 blanks for pens that are blood wood. While attempting to drill a 10mm hole through, the blank fell apart. I went in very slowly and blew away the chips about every 1/4". The blank was clamped in a drilling vice with v-blocks to hold it in place. What else can I do...
  10. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    OK, just wanted to thank The Wood Turners Catalog (Some know them by Craft Supplies USA). Yesterday, 12/29, I placed an order for some supplies. Today I received an email with a 1 day promotion discount of 15% for all orders placed today (12/30). So I called up customer service with a simple...
  11. Woodworking Skill Share
    Hello all, i am new to woodworking all around and i am sure this is a simple mistake i am making but for the life of me i can not figure it out. I recently became addicted to pen making. i got a all the tools required to make pens and have made some pretty nice pens for a rookie. my problem is...
  12. Woodturning
    I wanted to try my hand at celtic knot and segmented pen blank making. Even though there doesn't seem to be a huge pen making group here I asked for help over at IAP and got some great advice that I thought I'd share. I was trying to figure out what I was doing wrong with the making of this...
  13. Hand Tools
    I have been on LJ for a long time, but spend most of my forum time over on "the creek" so please let me know if this post is out-of-bounds. I have embarked on an adventure of making marking knives. This started as a simple desire to buy one of the knives that Matt Estlea makes and Jonathan...
  14. Blogs
    In the beginning... My first lathe arrived yesterday! I ordered the "12 VS lathe from Penn State Industries. The instructions were minimal, but assembly went very smoothly and setting the machine up was no problem. Within about 1-1/2 hours I was ready to start making my first wood chips. I also...
  15. Blogs
    Pen making While making my first pen for my wife for Valantines day, the items needed ran me about 100 bucks. I turned the first section of wood, and the motor goes. Few days later and 50 bucks later, back in business. I finished the first section and started on the next block and the first...
  16. Blogs
    My Pen Making Process I've had a couple of questions as to what I use for finish on my pens. So, I thought I'd post a small process flow. I didn't do the drilling process because the batteries died, so this is the lathe process. I've purchased a couple of new lathe pen making tools, and I got...
  17. Blogs
    Making a Pen...A Decal Pen... I just accidentally deleted my blog entry so lets try this again… These are pens that I made for a few of friends for their Businesses. I used testors decal paper like Kerux has so eloquently portrayed. I should probably mention that these were gifts. I did not...
  18. Blogs
    Silver Filigree Pen Project with vacuum chamber. This is a project I worked on where I took Sliver Filigree and worked it into a pen. The silver filigree was hand made 100%. I worked the filigree around the tube and then fixed it on to the tube. I then cast it in resin and turned as you...
  19. Blogs
    The real cost of making a pen I'm frequently asked, "What does it actually cost to make a pen?" (Mostly at arts and craft shows I am attending or participating in.) (I keep a copy at all art shows now) Here's the list of items that I use to make a pen. The good news is that after the first...
  20. Blogs
    Woodturning - Making a Cocobolo Pen I got a lathe in June 2015. It's a Rikon mini lathe. For more on it, watch this video. Anyway, It sat unused until October 2015 when I was finally able to purchase some tools. To learn how to turn, I am starting with pens. I got everything I needed to make...
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