Step 3: Gluing the Tubes into the Barrel Blanks

Once the hole is drilled, grab the brass tubes that came with the pack. using relatively rough sandpaper, scuff up the tubes until they're no longer shiny. Once that's done, put a dab of gorilla glue on a scrap gluing surface (a paper plate works great) and a few drops of water on the brass tube (water helps the gorilla glue expand). Roll the tube in the glue and insert it in the barrel with a twisting motion. This is done for both tubes. Insert the tube into the corresponding barrel blank (long tube in bottom barrel, short tube in top barrel). Gorilla Glue is ideal because it expands 3-4 times with moisture, holding the tube securely in place.
before putting glue on the tubing take a slice of potato at put in tube ends or wax works to it keeps glue from getting in
I always love seeing how things like this are made, great!
Glad you like it.
I've made 100's of these pens. People love to get them as gifts. A tip for your marking and cutting... Before you cut your blank draw an elongated triangle on one of the sides. When you chuck it up you just line up the split triangle drawing. This ensures your top and bottom are correct as well as keeping the pattern in the material lined up and not having one end flipped around.
Thanks for your tip. Usually the end cut with the band-saw will be a little more rough then the factory cut edge, so it's easy to understand which end is which. If the blank has enough figure to it (usually it does) it helps me to line the grain (or figure, if acrylic) up for continuous flow through-out the barrels. However, I have to re-align the figure once the barrels come off the mandrel and I'm assembling the pen. Also, for the Round-Top European, a tennon is turned in for the top barrel's center-ring and you usually can't notice that time has been taken to align the figure.

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