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Forum topic by Andre posted 01-12-2019 06:43 PM 479 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andre

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01-12-2019 06:43 PM

Found this site for some of the Canadian Pen Turners, anyone have any dealings, good bad?
Prices seem comparable with Lee Valley but more selection and in CAN $
https://www.penblanks.ca/

-- Lifting one end of the plank.


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JADobson

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#1 posted 01-12-2019 07:14 PM

Fantastic to deal with. I’d order from them more but LV is down the street from me and I don’t have to pay shipping. They do giveaways on their Facebook and instagram pages fairly regularly too.

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

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 01:06 PM

Bill and Lilian, the owners of Penblanks, are great people. Their selection keeps getting bigger and their prices are excellent. They are in Guelph, ON; I’m in Ottawa and shipping to me is generally a couple of days.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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Andre

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 10:39 PM

Just received my first order, real good resource for items LV doesn’t carry and prices lower on most items.
Shipping sucks for small orders, but better than dealing with U.S. $ plus shipping?
So far I have made all my own blanks, actually looking at a few exotic wood boards that I have been collecting(hoarding) and thinking about cutting them?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 10:41 PM

fantastic to deal with
prompt shipping to me in ottawa
great selection.

just a pleasure to deal with.

p

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 10:45 PM



fantastic to deal with
prompt shipping to me in ottawa
great selection.

just a pleasure to deal with.

p

- pmtottawa

LOL! You can tell Canadian, some Candies were included in the box! Order packed by Pamela.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 05:01 AM

They threw an extra pen blank into my last order. Nice surprise.

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

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pmtottawa

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#7 posted 02-21-2019 05:02 AM

every order over a certain amount includes a freebie.
nice touch I think.
also had a clip break on one kit. totally on me.yet they sent a clip packet to me for free.
vant say enough good thing about them.
p

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Andre

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#8 posted 02-21-2019 06:16 AM

Last/first order got some Slim Max kits, want to try some click style pens, anyone make any of them?
Sorry I didn’t order some blanks, prices are real good.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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JADobson

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#9 posted 02-21-2019 02:45 PM



every order over a certain amount includes a freebie.
nice touch I think.
also had a clip break on one kit. totally on me.yet they sent a clip packet to me for free.
vant say enough good thing about them.
p

- pmtottawa

I didn’t know that. Might make the shipping charges easier to swallow.

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

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Andre

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#10 posted 02-23-2019 05:30 PM

Made some Click style pens, need to read instructions better, assembled first one wrong?
Wondering if anyone has some tricks for applying CA finish, made some Seam rippers for the
Wife’s sewing friends and wanted a tougher finish.
Apparently women have smaller hands than Men and prefer smaller Diameter? So I have been informed!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 02-24-2019 12:47 AM

One in Walnut with Hoyt hard wax finish and One in Maple finished in General turners finish.

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#12 posted 02-24-2019 05:25 AM

What do you want to know about CA glue? I use it alone for pens. Usually is trouble free but I seem to get the occasional coat.

I start by sanding to 600, wiping the dust off and then a very thin coat of 1# cut shellac. Once they dries I put the lathe on its slowest speed setting and apply a thin stream of glue to the top of the blank while holding a blue shop towel on the bottom. Move quickly across the blank till the whole thing is covered. You can use an accelerant at this point but I usually just let it dry. The accelerants can cause white spots if you are too close. If you get these you have to sand down past them and start over. I usually do six coats.

Lots of people have opinions on what type of glue to use thick thin or medium. I don’t really see a difference. Just use that blue towel to level it out and it’s fine.

Once my six coats are on and dry I wet sand lightly with 600x sandpaper followed by the micro mesh pads from Leevalley up to 12000x. A little paste wax at the end brings out a beautiful polish.

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

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#13 posted 02-24-2019 06:51 AM

I was just curious as to the actual application method as I am always getting the glue on my fingers and latex gloves are useless! Not really fond of the high polish look, prefer a more natural wood look and feel but hey someday someone somewhere may request that style?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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