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  1. It's been computer madness here so far this week! I think I need a vacation!!! Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB used a glued up poplar blank for a pepper grinder. Looks really nice. He shows us some progression shots in this post- Andrew has found a new source for turning blanks. He gives us the low down in this post- @RustyFN gave us an update on the platter he started last week- Check Rusty's post for additional pictures and the start to finish thread- Rusty has also been busy with his
  2. Before we get into our own turners, please watch this inspiring video from Tim Yoder- Our Patriot Turners- Lots going on this week! @Masonsailor posted a question about chucks. Paul is considering "beefier" chuck and asked our turners about a Nova G3. Maybe you have some experience with this chuck and can provide some input to help him out- @HandyDan is involved with turning pens for our troops. He showed us his latest batch- This is fantastic program for giving a little something back to the guys and gals away from ho
  3. There are some programs out there that get turned pens out to the people currently serving in the our military. It was always on my bucket list to participate. I think some of the programs actually send the kits out no charge to be turned and returned for distribution. I happened to have a few kits on hand so I decided to just turn them and get them sent out to someone who could get them to the right people. They are on now in transit. These are mostly Cherry with a few Purple Heart and some Brazilian Cherry. The dark brown are from a dowel rod I purchased at a hobby store. I have notic
  4. Well so far the big snow storm has been more hype than happen. About 6" on the ground and very little happening now. The weather folks are still predicting it to pick up over night. I guess we'll see. Nine days until Christmas!! Although we exceeded our goal for our Gold Star family, you can still donate and get in on the raffle. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posed a couple of questions to our forum, this past week. His first question dealt with a turning technique. Our members provided their thoughts, what are yours- Ron showed us some orn
  5. 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 de
  6. 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
  7. 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 beautifu
  8. https://www.woodpeck.com/accessories/pen-turning.html?_bta_tid=22449976645476398023750574492955936439160715423772804253229684872849922672227769739152830170022255635562
  9. 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 p
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 t
  13. 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 Ea
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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 offere
  17. 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 c
  18. 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 mo
  19. 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 ha
  20. 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
  21. 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 beaut
  22. 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.
  23. Hey all you pen turners , Woodcraft has a deal pen deal
  24. 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
  25. 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 smoot
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