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    pens for presents for the wife

    Here's a few pens I made for the wife for work as gifts. The two white and black are tru stone, White Turquoise was the name of the blank. The black one in the middle is ebony. One is curly maple that I dyed, and the last one is coconut palm. I used craft supplies Apprentice Classica Pen Gun Metal Gray/Chrome kit.

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    Nice

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    Nice looking pens John.Her co-workers are gonna love them.

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    Great looking pens
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Daugherty View Post
    Here's a few pens I made for the wife for work as gifts. The two white and black are tru stone, White Turquoise was the name of the blank. The black one in the middle is ebony. One is curly maple that I dyed, and the last one is coconut palm. I used craft supplies Apprentice Classica Pen Gun Metal Gray/Chrome kit.
    A nice selection of pens, John. I'm sure the wife's co-workers will like the immensely!
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    nice job john,, so now you need to make some boxes to put them in
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    Wowser! nice
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    Great looking group of Sierra Writing Instruments John!
    I particularly like the Curly Maple.
    Well done.
    They will be appreciated.
    What finish did you use on the wood?

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    They all look great, John. I've turned a few of the TruStone blanks. Relatively hard stuff, but it finishes out nicely. I've also turned some palm pieces (black palm, in my case), and it was a bit tricky to deal with. Looks like you handled all the different materials nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Elm View Post
    Great looking group of Sierra Writing Instruments John!
    I particularly like the Curly Maple.
    Well done.
    They will be appreciated.
    What finish did you use on the wood?

    Les
    Thanks Les, coming from you that's a real compliment. I really admire all your pen posts and only hope to be half the craftsman you are. As far as finish goes I have been experimenting with CA. I've tried it using BLO and really didn't like the finish I was getting. Now I've been using just straight thin CA. I'll put on a nitrile glove and put a couple of drops of CA on my finger and rub it quickly back and forth across the blank until I feel it getting "grabby". I'll then hit it with a few shots of aerosol accelerator. I'll repeat this 10 - 15 times. I have been sanding with 600 grit after about 4 times to smooth things out, and then continuing with the CA. After the last coat I use one of the blue shop paper towels with some liquid aluminum polish on it. This seems to really smooth out the finish and make it look like glass. My pictures are terrible. The look much better in person.

    Sorry to be so long winded. This is funny, I was just going to ask you how you finish your pens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    They all look great, John. I've turned a few of the TruStone blanks. Relatively hard stuff, but it finishes out nicely. I've also turned some palm pieces (black palm, in my case), and it was a bit tricky to deal with. Looks like you handled all the different materials nicely.
    Thanks Vaughn, This was my first time with the TruStone or palm. They were both fun to use. The palm was really soft and came off the lathe more of a powder than shavings.

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