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    Selling and Sharing Time of Year

    Well, trying to get the inventory up a bit for the big Christmas rush on pens. Hopefully I'll sell them, what I don't sell may go as some gifts to family and friends.

    Here is yesterdays bit of work. I'm getting ready to head down to the shop and get some more done.
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    Nice pens Jon the colours are really vibrant
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    Nice work Jon . I don't have the intestinal fortitude to do plastics yet, you make it look easy!
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    Well Jon, it's a shame you couldn't get something with some color to it. Nice looking set of pens.

    Jim, in my opinion, the acrylics are easier than wood. Maybe a bit tricker to cut, but much easier to get a nice finish on them.
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    Jon those are some great looking pens. Like the colors.

    Jim acrylic's are easier to turn and finish than wood. A good sharp skew and I can actually turn a acrylic pen faster than a wood one. Finish by wet sanding to 800 or 1000 grit and beall buffed to make it look like glass.
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    Nice assortment of styles and colors! I would imagine they would all sell rather quickly! Nice work!
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    How long does it take you to make 7 pens? It would take me 7 hours. What kind of assembly line technique do you use? I need to figure out a better way than one by one. Great looking pens.

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    Hey Rich,
    About 15 minutes a pen. It's like almost anything else, once you learn it...it just gets faster. Plastics (big guess on my part here) may take a little longer to finish. I use a commerical pen press, but a vise works just as well. Some Lathe presses are being sold now. Keep praticing and you get the hang of it! Sorry for the Hijack Jon!!
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    I assume you are asking about total time not just turning, sanding and finish time. I would say it normally take me longer to just get blanks ready to turn than to just turn them. (or it seems that way)

    When I go to do several pens (of the same species) I do an assembly line kinda thing: I go ahead and mark/measure and cut blanks. I then take all the brass tubes and sand them down. I do this with a 2" sanding sleeve on my drill press. I then drill all the blanks at the drill press. Then glue (CA) the brass tubes in the blanks. Then I trim the barrels at the Drill press.

    Let's same I'm doing Euro's, I will often have different platings and different blanks. I then go back and make sure each blank matches the right kit that I had predetermined before I got started.

    That total time for about 7 of those would be around 45 minutes to an hour.

    Then it takes me about 15-20 minutes each to from turning to finish.

    Then what I do is put the barrels back in with the kit. After they are all done.... and my hands have been washed, I take them to the pen press and put them together.... let's say 5 minutes each.

    So when I average that all out 7 pens would take about: 3.5 -4 hours.

    Now having all that said and some folks think I'm slow. I don't work so hard as if I have a task master on my behind drilling to get more production from me. I keep the T.V. on and listen to History Channel or something... sometime talk radio or just music. So I am enjoying my time in the shop. I also take a bit of time to relax if my knee or backs starts to bother me since I'm standing in one place for a period of time.

    Now what I will also do... If I have a few pen kits of the same time and I'm not in a hurry for them. I'll do all the 'blank' making. (No turning involved) and put them aside and I'll do one here and there through the week when I only have time to turn just one or two pens. I find that works best and suddenly I've got a bunch of pens done for an event or holiday. I don't sell week to week so I don't need to keep a large inventory at hand all the time.
    Last edited by Jon Lanier; 11-15-2008 at 01:55 AM.

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