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    First Pen----Now Second

    Well the pen swap got my interest, I had intended to try this for years but never found time. So with the swap blanks arriving I got enthused again. So I used a cherry blank I bought several years ago at PSI and set a mandrel upon the little HF micro metal lathe I bought this March on close out for $80.00. Used a brazed carbide metal bit and went at it..

    Slimline kit bought several years ago at PSI with old BLO and some medium CA for the finish.

    I realize it isn't art or much craftsmanship. But it was fun, the wife is impressed and it may even go as a gift this weekend.

    Now to get a wood tool post so I an easily add some curves in the future...
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    Alright! Doesn't matter if it's a metal lathe or a cordless drill with a mandrel in the chuck...you turned a nice pen. And it sounds like the vortex has started pulling you in already.
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    That's how it works Garry, and great pen out of the deal!
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    Yer addicted.
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    Great pen Garry
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    Hey Garry,
    That's a great looking Slimeline.
    Well done.

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    That is an excellent start Garry. I see bowls and a bigger lathe in your future.

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    Second Pen

    Well I went on to number two. Another PSI slimline from the past and Olive Wood I ordered from Israel via Ebay a couple months ago. Learned to check pre-drilled blanks as I got the epoxy on and the tubes wouldn't go in without a lot of persuasion. Created problems all the way through the process including a small split when pressing in the mechanism. Was fun and a learning experience, I also learned I will get a pen mill, in fact ordered one this AM off Ebay from Australia with 6 cutters.
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    You are doing fine, Gary. But, personally, I wouldn't waste a nice wood like Bethlehem Olive wood a/k/a BOW on a Slimline.
    Where do you live? If possible order your parts and equipment from known source like Craft Supplies. You mentioned Australia. Do you live there?
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    Frank
    No I live in Pa....

    I understand what you are saying but these pens are what I had, and I wasn't in the mood to wait. Don't know when I will stop real fix-up projects and get back to this. I was in field service more or less and used to visit a couple of places near PSI. So at lunch or in the evening when staying over I would run by. Over the years picked up some stuff with the idea I would make some pens. Never happened but I retired almost a year ago and with the pen swap box arriving it got me enthused so I was making hay while the sun shined so to speak. I have probably bought 50 blanks over the years and made more but never got around to turning a pen. I will use some better kits someday but now using the little metal lathe these slimlines are the best suited for the equipment. I do have everything I need for the Shopsmith to turn now, so I may drag it out one of these days. In fact one of the real drivers is that I want to make a couple of fat pens for the wife as she has problems with the skinny ones. I have a couple of Big Ben kits that again I bought years ago. But I need to make a tool rest for this little micro lathe or drag out the Shopsmith to do them.. In either case much more setup time required.

    But it will happen...
    I am sure the gentleman I plan plan on give this olive wood pen to will value it highly, as it will be a statement as to what he has meant to me over the years....Spirtually not about woodwork..

    Thanks for the input..

    Garry
    Last edited by Garry Foster; 06-12-2010 at 12:06 AM.

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