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I hate to waste things. One of the things I make a lot of is pens. I had some custom pen blanks made for me to help celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday (November 10th), the pens turned out really well but I couldn't throw away such great looking cut-offs. I decided to make something useful out of them cuff-links!

You don't have to use cut offs any small pieces of wood, acrylic, or other materials will work for this project.

Materials/Tools used:

- Small cut offs of pen blanks

- Saw - I used a bandsaw, but you could use a handsaw and get the same results.

- Cuff-link hardware - available on amazon

- CA Glue - Thick

- Random Orbital Sander - 150 grit paper

- Sandpaper - up to 600 grit

- MicroMesh - up to 12,000 grit

- Plastic polish - I used my lathe to apply, but can be done by hand or in a drill.

Step 1: Attach the Hardware to Cut Off Material

This is step is pretty straight forward.

You want to apply a small amount of CA glue to the hardware and center it on the material.

Apply pressure for a few seconds and then let it cure.

You can use activator to speed up this process but I just let if cure naturally; defer to the instructions on your glue.

Step 2: Rough Shape Your Cufflinks

In this step, I used a Random Orbital Sander* with 150 grit sand paper to rough shape the cufflinks to my desired shape.

*Ensure you are comfortable with your tools; this can be done with just sandpaper it would just take longer.


I held the back of the cufflink and sanded in a circular motion at a slight angle to create a slope.

When you get to the second cufflink be sure to check it often and compare it to the first, so that they have a uniform shape.

Step 3: More Sanding!

Everyone's favorite past time, sanding. While sanding do not forget to sand the back side so that it is not rough.

In this step I used traditional sandpaper moving up through the grits, from 150 up to 600 grit.

After that I used MicroMesh pads to wet sand up to 12,000 grit.

This should take care of any scratches that the rough shaping may have left.

Step 4: Finishing

I chose to finish these cufflinks with plastic polish which really brings out the shine on an acrylic material.

I wrapped the hardware in a paper towel to protect it before inserting it into the jacob's chuck on my lathe.

Once attached I applied about a dime sized amount of polish to the cufflink and let it sit for a few seconds

then turn on the lathe and apply pressure with a clean cloth for 30-45 seconds. I used an old shirt and that seems to do fine.

From there your cufflinks should be good to go. I'm happy to answer any questions, just leave a comment below.

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<p>semper fi </p>
May have to try this. Been a while since I turned anything. These turned out very nice for being USMC themed. Just kidding....thanks for your service from an army vet.
<p>Thank you for yours...even if it was Army (i jest) </p>
Very nice looking - and so are the pens. Semper Fi!
<p>Thanks brother, Semper Fi</p>

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