Well, I finished these up tonight. They are not perfect by any means but I certainly learned plenty along the process. These are the first pens that I have tried to apply a "decal" to. The decals are made using the Testors brand water slide decal sheets. http://www.testors.com/product/0/920..._Paper_-_Clear These are just like the kind you used as a kid (maybe you still do) when building a plastic model. Only this is just the "paper" and you can print any thing on it using any home inkjet or laser printer. After printing you spray some bonder to the printed decal and let it set overnight. The next day you simply cut out the decal, soak it in water for about 15 seconds and then carefully slide the decal off the paper backing and onto your project. I like that you can make ANY kind of decal you can design. Any shape, color or size. You can also buy the paper in full 8.5 x 11 sheets.
Anyway, this summer I bought a motorcycle and I wanted to make a pen to give to a friend who helped me out with a part that I was looking for. We both ride Honda bikes but different models so I made one of each.
I really need to build myself a decent photo tent to photograph pens in but never have so these are just quick snaps with a compact camera.
My CA issues seemed to sand right away without much problem and the final result as far as finish goes looks ok for my first time. The edges of the decals can still be seen if you look real close but I know I can improve on that in the future.
Oh, wood is "holly" wood. I had gotten this wood in a blank exchange (maybe from someone here) but didn't know how I was ever going to use it because it is pretty plain but now I have found a good use for it and it turns really nice and smooth. I like it!