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Thread: How I spent Christmas Day!

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    How I spent Christmas Day!

    It's been a tradition in our house for the past many years to celebrate Christmas on Boxing Day. This leaves the children and grandkids to visit with their other parents and grandparents. Those of you with exes will know what I'm talking about!

    So Christmas day I get to spend like most other days in my basement workshop.

    Some of you may recall Toni C. sending me a piece of Lignum Vitae wood as well as some Spanish Olive wood. I had a piece of LV leftover (after turning Toni a pen from it, about 3" long), not long enough to make a pen that I considered worthy for myself. So I epoxied a piece of the SOW to the LV with some aluminum in between and made myself a long clicker similar to the pen I sent to Toni.

    It's been finsished with 9 coats of CA, wet mm'd from 1500 grit to 4000 grit, and then buffed on my 3 wheel homemade Caswell buffer. The finish is a little plasticy. I may sand it back somewhat to tone down the high gloss.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 1048 Toni C.'s LV & SOW (Small).jpg  
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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    thats a differnt look and good use of left over wood mac!!
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    That makes a great wood combination Mack! and it looks great! Thanks again for the previous one you sent me and congratulations for the result on this one.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Really nice pen Mack. I do like the combo.
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    Really cool sandwich Mack Where do you get Aluminum that thin...retail/online source?
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    Waste not want not eh Mack

    Lovely pen, and I like the idea of using aluminum in your sandwich!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Really cool sandwich Mack Where do you get Aluminum that thin...retail/online source?
    Hi Jim; Actually the aluminum is quite thick (relatively)(.0225"). It came from a roll of alum. that my backdoor neighbour uses when trimming aluminum windows/doors etc. If you are interested in a piece I can cut some off and send in a small bubble envelope. Just need your addy in a pm.

    Some penturners use pop/beer can aluminum. Now that is very thin!
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
    It feels great to sell a pen,
    It feels even greater to give one to a friend!

    If your presence doesn't make an impact;
    Your absence won't make a difference!


    I am a proud supporter of
    "Pens for Canadian Peacekeepers"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Waste not want not eh Mack

    Lovely pen, and I like the idea of using aluminum in your sandwich!
    I just remembered I have a 12" wide roll of copper sheeting that might have looked better than the aluminum. Dang!
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
    It feels great to sell a pen,
    It feels even greater to give one to a friend!

    If your presence doesn't make an impact;
    Your absence won't make a difference!


    I am a proud supporter of
    "Pens for Canadian Peacekeepers"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron View Post
    I just remembered I have a 12" wide roll of copper sheeting that might have looked better than the aluminum. Dang!
    I dunno, the aluminum sure goes well with the wood and with the hardware you chose.
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    beautiful pen mack
    what are you building today ??

    GRIZZLY

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