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How To Make A Wooden Pen

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This instructable will show a step by step process in how to make a custom wooden pen.  There are specific tools you will need to complete this project. 
You will need:
-Pen set
-Wood Block
-Lathe with a 7mm mandrel
-Drill
-7mm drill bit
-Lathe Chisels
-Finishing Wax
-Saw
-Super Glue
-Sand Paper
-Hut wax
-Old cloth rag
Making this pen took me about an hour to complete. The longest part is waiting for the super glue to dry.
 
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Step 1:

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To begin, you will need to get a pen set and a wood block.  These can be purchased online, or I found this at a store called Woodcraft.  There are various styles of pens that can be made and many different types of wood.  For this instructable i am going to use a wood called Zebra Wood and the style of pen is 7 mm Slimline Pen with color Platnum.

Step 2:

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You will need to cut the wood block in half.  I used a band saw to cut the piece in half. 
Next you will need to find the center of the wood block so you can drill a hole. 
Draw a line from corner to corner and form an X at the end of the block. 
To ensure you get a straight hole in your wood block, use a clamp to hold the wood in place as you drill through the center of the X. 
Use a 7mm drill bit and drill all the way through the piece of wood.

That's not zebra wood. That's snakewood, which is one of the most expensive and rare woods on earth.

Scanner21 year ago
I found that you can clean out the brass tubes before putting them on the lathe by using a 1/4 inch drill bit spinning backward (it bites less aggressively that way) through the tube.

You can also use a case trimming tool from a .243 caliber reloading tool to square the ends of the tube before mounting to the lathe.
Great instructable, my high school shop class has 4 mini-lathes setup for making these, and i find myself on them inbetween larger projects.
CaptDingo1 year ago
What kind of lathe is that?
it's beautiful! I have a small collection of wooden pens, going to add this one very soon :)
Very nice! It's so fancy :)