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Picture of Easy, Custom Grip Wooden Pen Body
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Hello, Instructables!

I decided to have a go at a pen body, since the shell for my favorite pen recently broke. I used a band saw, spindle sander, and belt sander - I made it at TechShop http://techshop.ws

I started with a small piece of wood, in which I drilled a hole of the diameter of the fitted end of my pen's innards.

From there, I held it up to a 1" spindle sander on each of the four sides, which created some nice grooves but also very sharp edges.

I then used belt sander to shape it a little better, angling the front to better transition to the pen's plastic, and angling the back to better "fade out." 

I then held the body and marked where my forefinger and thumb most naturally placed on it - I sanded those areas with the spindle sander.

The end result had some very sharp and uncomfortable corners, which I softened by hand.

And there you have it! An easy, cheap, customizable, and comfortable pen body for all your pen-based needs.

I also included a photo of another pen body I made - although I used generic scrap wood for this, I think this particular technique would be great with wood that still has its bark - the color/texture variation would look good, though I am unsure of its potential comfort.
That's a fantastic idea. It looks great, and I'm sure it feels so much better than plastic. :D