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Thread: First pens

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel

    First pens

    Don Orr was gracious enough to show me all of the fiddly little details of pen turning... how to drill out the blank, glue in the tubes etc... and as a result I have two nice pens to show for it:

    Mahagony with 'gold' slimline kit from woodcraft.

    This one turned out quite nicely, so I'm donating it for a benefit auction this weekend.

    And my third pen (2nd one is still in progress)

    spalted maple

    had a little bit of tear-out along one of the bug-trails, which I still need to fix, this one is staying with me u ntil I fix it, then I might give it away as a gift.

    all in all, very fun, if a bit 'fussy' but easy to do and I look forward to doing more in the near future.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Great start. Watch out for the addiction.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Ditto what frank said.

    Soon, you will have a box full of kits, extra tubes, your fingers will be covered in cyanoacrylate glue.

    You'll be constantly looking for ways of creating new and interesting blanks, perhaps even venturing into casting your own acrylic blanks or stabilizing punky wood with resin, vacuum pumps, and pressure tanks!

    Watch out!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Bucks County PA

    Fixing bug holes

    The best tip I ever heard for fixing bug holes was to use charcoal and coffee grinds. Charcoal from a charcoal pen. Use sandpaper to make fine dust and then dump it in the holes. Spray with accelerant and then just touch it with thin CA glue.

    Use the coffee to fill big voids and fill in the gaps with charcoal. I used this technique on some mesquite to make the voids look like they were filled with bark. This also works well on ambrosia maple because it doesn't hide the beetle holes as much as show them off.
    See ya around,

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great looking pens Ned. Well done. Bugs holes what Dominic said.
    Bernie W.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Good start, Ned. They both look like they came out nicely.

    I second/third/whatever the suggestion to try charcoal and CA. I use it fairly often. I just grind some charcoal up with a mortar and pestle and do about as Dom suggested. You can also do the same with instant coffee crystals if you want more of a brown color. (I use decaf, since I believe all turnings should be caffeine-free. Turners, on the other hand, need all the caffeine they can get.)
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That is a good start, Ned. Both pens turned out great.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice work Ned, they turned out very nice.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Nice job on the pens Ned!
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  10. #10
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Ned, I regret to inform you that you are probably hooked. Help can be sought on this board.
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