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  1. Here's hoping all our members along the northern Gulf are safe. I saw where Pensacola had almost 2 feet of rain so far. On another note, please remember to add tags to your posts. I try to remember to check but sometimes my memory fails me. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been cranking out projects like crazy this past week! His little elm bowl is beautiful- You can see his progress in this post and check out the comments by our turners- Next, Andrew posted his work on a bloodwood bowl. All did not go as planned as he describes in his post. However, the end results were quite spectacular! Moving on, Andrew turned some acrylic pen blanks. He included a video of his process in the post- Finally, saving the best for last here, he showed us a myrtlewood bowl. It is inspiring to see how far Andrew has come in such a short span of time. He mentions in his post about the inertia sander he used to get this awesome beauty finished- @FlGatorwood saw an item that is designed to sharpen carbide cutters. Check out his post to see the comments of our turners- We have a couple of turning items for sale- First, @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was contacted by a turner who has a Easy Wood Tools Pro Rougher for sale- Jim provided contact information in his post- Also, @FlGatorwood has some Easy Wood Tools cutters for sale. They are Ci2-R2 and Ci3-NR. You can contact him through our site- What’s Coming Up- This Saturday, September 19, 2020, there will be another Virtual Craft Festival. Get all the information here- https://www.virtuallycrafty.com/ Turner Andrew Hall is offering interactive remote demonstrations (IRD). Here's a little more information- If you haven't registered for the Woodturners Worldwide Symposium, here a way to save $10! Click on the image for more details. For The Newbies- Andrew mentioned in his post about his new inertia sander. Just happens that Rick Turns posted a video about turning a vase. In that video, he uses one of these sanders- Expand Your Horizons- I thought this was a really great way to add a decorative touch to a bowl. Although the author used soapstone, I would imagine many other "fillers" could be used. New Turning Items- Not new, but if you are thinking about getting some carbide tools here is your chance to save 15% on our Easy Wood Tools sponsor's products! https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/Sales/8/Easy-Wood-Tools?utm_source=csusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=ewt&utm_campaign=20-09-ewt-1 Everything Else- Rick Turns video list for last week- The only lathe work I've done this past week was turn 2 walnut dowels for the rocking horse I was kinda happy with the progress until I put on the stain Mimi wanted (not shown). I was expecting the pine to splotch but the white oak really disappointed me. I've stained red oak with walnut stain and it covers evenly. This oak had areas that turned really dark. It wasn't noticeable until I wiped off the excess. Even a second application made no difference. I guess that's what happens when you get free wood. Safe turning and stay well
  2. Boy, we could use some rain in this part of Pennsylvania. Of course the upside is that the grass doesn't need mowing Lots happening this week with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- Both @FlGatorwood , @Artie and @Larry Cutlip received their raffle prizes and posted thanks to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools for their participation and supplying the Easy Wood Tools products! Aartie asked us for advice on additional turning equipment in his post. Check it out and see if you can think of anything else he might need- @Andrew is really progressing with his pen turning- Andrew's post from last week on pressure pots has continued to generate more discussion and suggestions- @Ron Altier posted an update on his Ultraviolet finish. Ron also showed us a really awesome "ornament". He thinks he may have to modify it to be used on a Christmas tree- @DRAGON1 Is looking for a little help. He needs a coffee mug turned. Maybe one of our turners can help him out. Here is his request- Last week's "Wednesday's..." generated a series of comments on a stuck screw on a carbide cutter. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools provided the answer as well as uploading an information sheet from Easy Wood Tools- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. Click on the image for the link to the registration. For The Newbies- @AndrewB asked s about tearout a while back. Mike Peace recently posted a video explaining why this happens and some of the ways to prevent it- Want to try a little fancier bowl? Carl Jacobson shows us how- Expand Your Horizons- One of the most interesting types of wood to turn is spalted wood. Many species of wood can have spalting and it creates unbelievable patterns. An example can be seen in the video above. Here is a blog post from Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodsense-spotlight-on-spalted-wood New Turning Items- I have to thank @Cliff for this week's new turning item. This is probably the best thought out steady rest I've seen. It is a little expensive but in the same neighborhood as the Carter steady- Everything Else- Rick Turns posted two updates on videos this week. This first one has several interesting entries. Look for one on resin molds, a series of short videos on turning tools from Record Tools and one on homemade abrasive pastes. Rick's second post has an extensive list of videos. Rick writes- "this video announces a playlist of the latest woodturning videos from every active woodturning channel that I have located and cataloged in my database." Finally finished up that little cherry bowl that wasn't supposed to crack because it was soaked in a soap solution. For the past 3 days I've been milling materials for some more rolling pins. Not hard just repetitive. Safe turning and stay well
  3. Congrats to all of the Patriot Raffle winners. We made our fundraising goal! Hope everyone along the east coast is safe and didn't suffer any damage from the hurricane over the weekend. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Started a thread that should generate a lot of input. Sanding your lathe projects. You all know that sanding is my second favorite thing in all the world. Please check out what Gerald's setup is and show us your sanding techniques. @Ron Altier has been frustrated by the U/V finish he has been using. Ron applied it to a beautiful segmented turning only to end up with problems. Ron explains his frustrations in his post- @AndrewB Has been working on several projects this past week. He has been fighting a "wobble" problem with some of his turnings. We have been offering suggestions. Maybe one of you has experienced a similar problem and can help solve this elusive gremlin. Andrew also was having some trouble with tearout on a small bowl on which he is working. We've all been there. Maybe you could share your experiences and advice- It hasn't all been problems for Andrew, however. He showed us a really nice bowl he finished- And, he has pen making down pretty good, too! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another virtual demonstration schedule for this month- Click on the above image for the link to more information Cindy will also be a demonstrator at the virtual Woodturners Worldwide Symposium Click on the above image for the link to the registration site. For The Newbies- Have a lot here for the new turners this week- You don't need a fancy chuck to turn a bowl. Mike Peace's video shows you how to use a Jam Chuck- In that video, Mike used traditional tools for turning. HSS tools must be sharp to give the best and consistent results. Here's a couple of videos demonstrating the sharpening process on some of the common HSS tools- And a couple of videos covering some of the lathe parts- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on turning a sphere. There are some jigs available to help create a sphere on the lathe but this jig is a little different. Carl Jacobson turns a beautiful maple burl lidded box. I really like the "lid pull" he added to the top. New Turning Items- Cheated a bit here. This is the set that Tim Yoder used to make the sphere. https://drechsler-wissen.de/produkt/spannvorrichtung-zum-kugeldrechseln-im-set-74-mm-grosses-set/ Everything Else- Rick Turns videos from last week- Not sure why it happened. In the past, I have used the soap soak method and not had any roughed blanks crack or warp. This one made a liar out of me. It's about 8" in diameter and maybe 5"deep. Turned with no trouble. Came out of the soak with no warping or cracking- Put it in a paper bag with shaving for a couple of weeks and when I pulled it - Three cracks developed. This one and another about 180° around the circumference and one near the bottom. I added the walnut dutchmans and am in the process of returning and sanding. Hope it doesn't end up in the trash. Safe turing and stay well
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  5. ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO GET IN ON THE AWESOME RAFFLE-FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE PATRIOT WOODWORKER! Another active week here for our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB received an African Padauk blank which he turned into a beautiful bowl- Andrew takes us through the process in this post- And a Myrtlewood bowl Here is more on this one- Andrew also is trying his hand at pen making. He showed us a couple of his attempts in these- and this one- Andrew went back and picked up on a previous post and several of our members offered additional tips and hints @Gerald is adding detail to one of his bowls with carvings Gerald is certainly a man of many talents! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda is hosting another live, virtual demonstration in a couple of weeks! Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information. For The Newbies- @AndrewB mentioned he ordered and received a new bowl gouge. Sharpening and reshaping the gouge is probably going to be on his list of first things to do. Here's a video from Mike Waldt demonstrating this steps. Once the gouge is sharpened, you can turn more than a bowl with it- Expand Your Horizons- If your eyes can stand the strain, here's a project, from Woodcraft, that's sure to be a hit- If that's not quite what you want to tackle, try this from Mike Peace- This is sort of specialized and it's from an idea that AndrewB brought up. Andrew was applying epoxy to some wooden cups to make then suitable for liquids. If you are considering something like this, the folks at Alumilite have a video on the process but you'll need a "cup turner". They are available at hobby supply stores but can be built for a few bucks. This idea works great for applying run free finishes, too! New Turning Items- Something new from Ruth Niles Bottle Stoppers You can find more information at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/stainless-threaded-inserts/ The folks at Woodturners Wonders have their 1" Purple Power Sanding Discs available- Prices and quantities are at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/purple-power-1-sanding-discs Everything Else- Mike Peace's videos from last week- Some would say I'm addicted to Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ). OK, I AM! But that doesn't mean I don't know how to use the "old time stuff". I got a bunch of wild cherry and have been roughing out bowl blanks. Just to prove I can turn with antiques- OK, so the next one I cheated- Safe turning and stay well
  6. In all of my mess ups I ran out of the 3/4 by 3/4 by 5 pen blanks......ooooof. So I’m using some of the 1 by 30 cut down two a 1 by 5 and cut for the brass inserts. This is what I’m down to until I can order more prope blanks at the end of the week. So I’ve got to turn off a lot of material to get down to the correct size. Let’s just hope this one actually cooperates and works.
  7. Its a bit on the thick side of material for pens I realize this. How ever I wanted to give it a go. I wanted to try Oak for the first pen since it seems like a bit easier bunch of material to attempt a first one. But cut off 5 inches of the 30 inch long 1 inch piece of oak that I picked up a couple of months ago. I'm thinking just doing a single piece but I'm trying to also figure out exactly how to get it mounted to the lathe unless I need to pre glue the brass insides in first before I start turning. Not sure exactly what to begin with..... besides of course drilling the hole out which my first attempt on the drill press was an epic failure. The HF drill press was NOT good enough (5 speed and small). Suggestions?
  8. Started yet again on another project this time another Walnut Claro. This one is one of the ones from Cook Woods. I'm starting to see some issues with carving down blocks that are only 4x4x4 into a bowl shaped object or cup shape object. Its a lot of material yes. How ever I'm considering going back to the 6x6x3's and working with those types of blanks since they might go easier on me since I'm getting the tennon and mortise practice down. I am still contemplating on when I should start on trying out on pens and what not. I'm a bit hesitant on that for some reason. I wasn't happy with the other two that I had made so I want to try again with this one. Now that I have the negative rakes on my tools it should be a lot easier to get a nice shape on the inside. I'm hoping that the tennon should be long enough for the hollowing process once I get to it. Here we go again. If anything at least I'm learning slowly but surely.
  9. First day of spring!!!!!!!!! Let's hope Mother Nature cooperates with the calendar! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan has upped his game with the pens he makes. Dan shows us how he changes the finish on the pen parts- He explains the process using a video he found on YouTube- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for a link to the show's web site. If you are anywhere near Lexington, KY this coming weekend, here's something you don't want to miss! A super chance to pick up some of those great Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )!!! For The Newbies- If you are lucky someone will offer free wood from a felled tree. "Green" wood is really fun to turn. Shaving peel off in long ribbons and the natural beauty of the wood comes through. Most of us can't just drop everything and immediately turn the piece. Setting it aside for later is not a good idea. The problem with green wood is that as it dries it will crack, often to the point of being unusable. Prepping the piece is essential for getting the most from the wood. Carl Jacobson posted a video illustrating the proper techniques to saving your green logs for later use. Carl mentions using water and dishwashing liquid detergent for preserving the wood as well. I recently read about this article in the Woodworker's Journal explaining about drying your turnings. It includes the water/detergent method along with a few others. http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/options-for-drying-green-bowl-blanks/ Expand Your Horizons- Natural edge bowls always attract attention. They combine the beauty of nature along with the artistic lines of the turner. Recently Carl Jacobson posted a video of a natural edge "box". Carl's was made from a maple burl but any beautiful wood could be used- I'm thinking Manzanita Root! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have put together a really nice sanding package. If you use compressed air sanding units this might be for you- Check out the details at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/specials/products/super-simple-sanding-bundle Everything Else- ...and sometimes the dragon wins... Safe turning
  10. When making bullet shell pens from the Zebra F-301 pens I sand off the nickel plating from the clicker and the nib. The other day I came across a DIY video on nickel plating brass and the old light bulb came on. It is an amazingly easy process and here are the results. Here is a picture with a brass pen for contrast. Here is the video I followed the instructions from and it worked as described. I think this is just too cool for school.
  11. It's been a busy week for our turners here at the Patriot Woodworker! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a fantastic tutorial on making an inside-out cross ornament- Read Dan's instructions and our turners' comments here- @Ron Altier has been cranking out ornaments all week! His first set uses colored plywood- Ron talks about these- And he also created these- @HandyDan was't just making ornaments this week. He has been creating more "bullet" pens from a couple of different caliber cartridges Dan explains what he did to get these beauties finished. @RustyFN turned a beautiful little lidded pot from a gorgeous selection of woods. Rusty said he had a little trouble with the overall finish. Check his post and see what our turners had to say- Rusty wasn't our only turner making small vessels. @Gerald used a couple of different species of spalted wood to come up with this awesome piece- Gerald explains more in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video covering many of his turning tips. Although a little longer than what he usually does, it is well worth the watch- Expand Your Horizons- Sometime the wood selected for a turning will speak for itself. Grain, color, defects can all help create that special piece. If the wood doesn't speak, or the turning needs to be more personalized, Carl Jacobson shows us how to add a photograph to the surface. New Turning Items- Faceplate system for OneWay type live centers. These pieces can be used to create custom jam chucks. For more information and pricing, follow this link- http://www.bestwoodtools.com/ Everything Else- The latest Woodturning OnLine arrived today. It has a nice preview of the latest Glenn Lucas DVD and shows him working on an Irish platter. The newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/. Rick Turns posted his latest (February) list of YouTube woodturning videos- Safe turning
  12. Finished up shoveling 3 driveways and helped with a 4th. 10" of snow from 6am until 1:30pm. Read where there was "thunder snow" just west of here. Great winter to have the snowblower die Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to produce a fabulous tutorial on how he make his beautiful bullet pens. Lots of pictures and very detailed step by step instructions! Please check this one out and leave some feedback for Dan and all his hard work! @Ron Altier posted a question about drilling holes lengthwise through long pieces. Several of our members offered suggestions and ideas on various procedures. Maybe you have an idea that would help Ron. Check out his post- Ron also posted a beautiful new ornament he finished- Ron posted more about the piece here- @hawkeye10 asked our turners a question about dried wood for turning. He is considering the purchase of a bowl blank and was inquiring about how long it would take to dry. Our members provided lots of information and suggestions. The blank looked like- Check out his post- The woodturning club, which @Gerald is a member, hosted turner Jimmy Clewes. According to Gerald, it was well worth the wait! New Patriot member @doublej posted some of his woodworking projects. Not only is Joe an accomplished woodworker, he is also a very talented turner. He posted a picture of a bowl he turned- Checkout his complete post here- Woodturners and woodworkers seem to share one common characteristic. We are our own worst critics. Member @Steve Krumanaker recently posted a video where he critiques a beautiful natural edge, walnut bowl. Steve points out "flaws" that no one else would probably see. What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Looking down the road- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Carl Jacobson posted a video about making a pepper grinder. What is nice about this particular grinder kit is that it doesn't require complex drilling operations. Carl demonstrates lots of lathe techniques that can be used on many other turned projects. Expand Your Horizons- In a previous "Wednesday's..." we posted a Capt. Eddie video on cutting/chasing wooden threads. Recently turner Sam Angelo posted a video which included a demonstration of wooden threads. The video is set to begin at the threading operation but you can certainly watch and enjoy the entire project New Turning Items- Our friends from Woodturners Wonders have a new respirator at a very reasonable price. More information and pricing is available at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/products/sundstrom-pro-pack-sr100-respirator-kit Everything Else- I haven't any turning time available but I did make a couple of cones to use with my new Easy Wood Tools live center. Somewhere along the way, I picked up a piece of what I think is cherry. It least that's what is smells like when it is cut. It is quite dense. Anyway, that's what these are made from- Safe turning
  13. It might be a little late to call the florist and order flowers- tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier Showed us another gorgeous ornament- CHeck out his description in his post. Also notice his cool spray booth! @HandyDan and @DAB have been collaborating on bullet pens. These pens are spectacular and reasonably priced! See more about how they came out- @hawkeye10 asked our turners for input on Longworth and Cole jaw chucks. The thread ended up including input on vacuum chucks, as well. Our own @Steve Krumanaker posted a video showing us that turned wooden bowls can, in fact, be run through the dishwasher with no ill effects. Thanks Steve for the well documented instructions- @FlGatorwood reminded us of a new, monthly turning newsletter. Some of our members have signed up and looking forward to the new publication. Thanks, Steve! What’s Coming Up- Look for our friends from Easy Wood Tools! Click on the above image to link to more information. For The Newbies- Seems like the YouTube turner's have all been discussing various aspects of the scroll chuck. This one from Capt. Eddie has some good information as well- @hawkeye10 posted a link to a video geared towards turning your first bowl. Lots of good stuff in the video. The author even provided a "timeline table of contents" to help the viewer locate specific details of the turning operations. Although a little long, it's worth a look. One thing that caught my eye, that I do differently, is to use a spindle washer when mounting a chuck or faceplate. The torque, when turning a bowl, can really jam these onto the headstock threads. Expand Your Horizons- I've seen several ways to add "threads" to a vessel to allow a lid to be screwed into place. Capt. Eddie has a 2 part video showing how to cut/chase threads directly into the wood. Although the process requires special tools, those tools will work on most vessels. Part 2 is linked from Capt. Eddies YouTube page. New Turning Items- If you are considering doing variable pitch spiral flutes, here's a new piece of equipment that might work for you- https://flutemasters.com/variable-pitch-tool-by-flute-master/ Everything Else- The new Woodturning OnLine newsletter came. Read the entire issue at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/ Rick Turns uploaded his list of woodturning videos for January- Safe turning
  14. Went to Sam's Club and bought 54 more Zebra Pens. They are usually 9 pens for $9.99 but they were on sale for $7.98 WOO-HOO! Doug, AKA Dab, sent me some shells. I love this forum as everyone is so helpful. While I waited for them to arrive I worked the pen parts of 30 pens. Got the shells drilled and polished and put 30 more pens together. Guess what the family and friends are getting for Christmas this year. I will be way ahead of the game. I did 16 and then found two more shells and now these I made with Doug's shells will make four dozen. I have a line on more shells here locally so I'm sure a lot more will be made. It does get a bit tedious.
  15. Saturday I was in the basement and came across some .30-06 shell casings a friend of mine had given me. I had tried to make some pens with them once before and was successful but not real happy with them. I took a Zebra click pen and found a way to fit the shells to it. I liked the way it turned out and made 15 more Sunday. The Zebra pen parts are chromed brass so I found a way to mount them on the lathe and sand the chrome off. I sanded the shells and the pieces to 400 grit and hit them with some 0000 steel wool. They are shiny now but will eventually get the patina brass gets to. I have found most people like the patina over the shine. Since the pen parts ended up with a shine I did the shells too. I only have the cost of the Zebra pen in each one which is about $1.20 each. Have a look. Zebra pen I started with.
  16. Busy week with substituting and Mom errands so not really much shop time. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted some fantastic pens he created from shell casings and inexpensive click pens. These are real beauties! Dan received lots of great comments on this one! Dan also showed us another inside-out vase he made along with a description of how he overcame a problem. @Ron Altier asked for our advice on a turning that has him stumped. Please head over to his post and see if you can give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- The Woodworking Shows will be in Collinsville, IL this weekend February 8 thru 10. Our friends from Easy Wood Tools will be there! Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has been posting videos on various aspects of the scroll chuck. In this recent video he examines different methods of Reverse Chucking a bowl. He includes several shop made devices. The reverse chuck allows the turner to finish the outside bottom of a bowl. Expand Your Horizons- @Gene Howe sent me a link to this video on turning a "square" bowl. The author of the video spends some time at the start showing how to make wooden faceplates. These make excellent glue/waste blocks. Another method- with less work- is to get a tap that matches the headstock threads and cut threads directly into the wooden block. New Turning Items- I think I had mentioned this in the past but didn't really have any hands on experience with it. I spent my Christmas cash and this came today! I really like the versatility of this center. First, there is the ability to adjust the length of the center "point". It can be buried in the center and used as a cup center or adjusted to any length up to about 1". The longer, small diameter point lets the tools get closer to the center of the turning. The point is secured with a standard Allen wrench (included). Next is the threaded section for the addition of accessories like cones or larger point- both available from ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) The threads are 3/4 x 10 standard threads so a tap would be easy to get to create your own accessories. I made my own tap, for wooden accessories, from a bolt and Dremel tool. Of course, as with all Easy Wood Tool products it is made in the good ol' U. S. of A. Everything Else- Tim Yoder has a 2 part video on turning a handy kitchen item- a paper towel holder. Tim's videos are always enjoyable and great learning tools. Part 2 is linked from Tim's YouTube Channel- Safe turning
  17. We are about half way through the Patriot Raffle period but we are only about 64% of our site goal 😥. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, Please head over to this post and take a chance on one of the wonderful prizes- Major thunderstorm passed thru and another on its' heels. Home the UPS holds up! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a free wood score he made! Looks like it could be cherry or maybe even walnut. What do you think?? Dan has also been busy in the shop turning pens- He creates these beauties out of inexpensive, bought pens. @Gerald posted his gorgeous hollow form turned from Live Oak. Gerald discusses his turning and it color in his post Gerald also posted a bowl he made using the ringmaster system- See what our turners had to say about this gorgeous piece- Our own @Steve Krumanaker received a well deserved honor recently. His maple "Rock" bowl was given the "Judges Award" at a show presented by a local art council. We all know Steve has awesome talent and now his community does, too. More images in Steve's post- What’s Coming Up- I had the very pleasurable experience of demonstrating Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) to the Lancaster Woodturners. They are participating in the Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium, September 28-30, in Lancaster PA. More information is available at their site- http://www.mawts.com/ . From The Internet- Rick Turns has the July list of YouTube turning videos ready- Mike Peace added another sanding video. He describes additional techniques non-spindle pieces Along those lines, last week I mentioned using Abranet sanding screen. I found a website that has a similar product and not as expensive. These folks carry a wide variety of turning accessories- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Several weeks ago we featured a project finish called "water droplets". The latest issue of American Woodturner magazine (August 2018) has a How-To for doing that finish. As it is a copyrighted article, I won't put it here but you may be able to get a copy of the magazine to see additional information about this technique. I finally finished up the little mixed media turning. It didn't come out like the picture I had in my head- but then my turnings rarely do! The base is a piece of walnut. Overall height is about 5" and the "glass" is about 1.25" in diameter at the top. Finished with wipe on poly. I call it "Half Full"- Safe turning
  18. HandyDan

    More Pens

    I haven't been doing much in the shop since it has been so nice outside. I did make another batch of pens using the Zebra Pens as a host and reworking them to receive a wooden cover. I did 36 of them and plan on taking them to the family reunion and give them to my cousins. Last year I gave them the desk pens I make and made sure everyone got one even those who were not there. This year only the cousins that are there will get them. Sadly the reunion is the same day as the TPW gathering.
  19. Hey all you pen turners , Woodcraft has a deal pen deal
  20. So i'm pondering getting into making turned pens/pencils. i have a lathe, but i think it's a little big for pens, and yesterday I got the Penn State Industries catalog, that features all manner of turned pens/pencils stuff you need to make these things. i'd mostly give them away, although if you offered me some $$, i'd say yes. so what should i look for/avoid in this? they have a little starter kit, including a little lathe just for pens, that looks like a good place to start and learn how to do this. i appears that there are standard sizes/dimensions for size of pen, size of hole in the middle. any advice or warnings? thanks.
  21. I've been making pens lately, and up to now, no real problems. The last three blanks I tried to square up the blank ends with the brass tubes, the tubes come back out of the blanks. I'm using a barrel trimming kit from PSI. The first blank this happened to me on, I glued the tube in with medium CA super glue. The next two, I used 5 minute epoxy. Both times, I let the items set for several hours before trying to square things up. I have a couple of theories. 1. I am trying to use stabilized maple burl blanks from PSI. Is it possible that the hardened maple blanks are drilling too smooth to grab the glue or epoxy? The pens I have made up to now have been with regular hardwood blanks, not stabilized or anything like that, and I haven't had these problems. 2. As per instructions, I am roughing up the outside of the brass tubes with some sandpaper. Maybe I am too aggressive with the sandpaper and taking too much off the tubes. Any thoughts?
  22. About 15 yrs ago, I bought about 100 pen kits, all different kinds, from Woodcrafters of Oklahoma. I finally got around to wanting to make some pens, but I do not have instructions for any of them. Has anybody heard from this company lately? I can't find them on the internet, and Wood Craft Supplies has not wanted to help me with the problem. The particular kit I am trying to work with is WCO 280 Provential Twist Pen. Anybody got any instructions or know where I can obtain them? There is a long list of kits on Woodcraft.com, but they do not show pics unless you click on each one, and it looks like there must be 100 different kits! Thanks!
  23. I have some scrap pieces of cultured marble. Has anybody tried making pens out of this?
  24. Decided to make a Captain Eddie 12 Cent Pen for each of my cousins. Every August we have a reunion so I have plenty of time to get them done. I did manage to turn and apply finish to 20 of them so far. Did I say I have 46 cousins? I have a bunch of Brazilian flooring cut offs and I am using some for these. I also turn the brass nibs for them on my Unimat hobby lathe. The ink cartridge is from a standard Bic pen so here are a couple that are done and the misc parts. I also make stands/bases for them. I have them to do yet too.
  25. I have never made a pen and have only seen them on line or sometimes at sales. I would think their sales would be very limited. People use their phones for nearly everything that the pen was used for. Notes, reminders, lists, voice memos and letters have been replaced by email and text. You get free pens at the dentist and in most businesses. The biggest problem with me and pens.................I can't keep them, always lose them. Can pen makers make a profit, considering supplies and paying themselves minimum wage labor cost?
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