Introduction: Making a Custom Wood Pen

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This is a pen made of Curly Maple on the top and Bocote on the bottom.

I drilled 1/4" holes and added Walnut dowels for accent.

To see more of my Pens goto

Step 1: Tools and Supplies Needed

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1. Wood cut to 3/4" x 3/4" x 3" to 5"

2. Wood Lathe with Pen Mandrel -- Pennstateind, Rockler, Woodcraft, Woodturningz

3. Lathe Tool - I use one with a carbide replaceable tool.

4. Drill Press

5. Vice for Pen - Pennstateind

6. 12" Disc Sander

7. Bandsaw

8. Pen Press - Pennstateind

9. Bushings - Pen State, Woodturningz

10. CA Glue - Lowes

11. 2P-10 CA Activator

12. EEE Ultra Shine

13. HUT Wax 2 and 1

14. Barrel Trimmer

Step 2: Choosing and Cutting the Wood

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The first step in making a Pen is to choose the style and then the wood. I have 8 different pen styles and over 57 types of wood.

1. Mark the wood with the bushings

2. Cut the wood on the Bandsaw

3. For these bushings I have them marked F (Front) and B(Back)

Step 3: Sanding Pen Blank to Glue Accent

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The disc sander is required to sand the Pen Blank flat in order to glue the pieces together.

I use Gorilla Glue to glue the wood together

For small pieces, like the maple in the photo, I use a larger piece and push the small piece to the sander

Step 4: Gluing the Accent

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Since I am just making one pen, I am using the vice to clamp the glued pieces. Normally I would use my parallel clamps and glue multiple pens at the same time.

For gluing I use Gorilla Glue as it is extremely strong and has not glue lines. Plus it is a lot easier to clean up.

Step 5: Marking the Blank for Dowels

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As this pen has walnut dowel accents, I need to mark a pattern and drill. The dowels are 1/4" dia so I have drilled the blanks with the same size hole.

Step 6: Gluing the Dowels

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I used CA Glue to glue the dowels in place by first putting thin CA in the hole and then adding thick CA and hammering the dowels in place.

Once the dowels are in I allowed the glue to dry for 20 min and sanded the dowels flush

Step 7: Drilling the Blank and Gluing the Bushing in Place

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The next step is to drill the wood pen blank with the correct drill size to match the brass tube. Once the blank is drilled, I use 5 min epoxy to glue the bushing in place.

This needs to dry over night even though it is called 5 min...

Once dry, I use a barrel trimmer to assure the end of the blank is perpendicular to the brass tube glued in the bushing

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Step 21: I Few of My Other Cigar Pens

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WelchWoodWorks (author)2017-02-27

Very nice instructions! Bocote is one of my favorite pen woods -- great choice! Have you had issues with the CA glue "melting" while sanding at 1800 rpm? I used to when I was dry sanding at higher speeds so I will typically sand at a lower speed. Also if you were to not drill your dowel holes in the middle of the blank (radially) but rather just off center it would produce an ellipse rather than a circle which produces a nice look.

Bruceputman made it! (author)WelchWoodWorks2017-02-28

No issue on the sanding speed. I burned one at the next speed up, not sanding but when putting on the wax.. I tend to sand lightly while the lathe is running and do most of it with the lathe off..

Here is a pen I made with Bocote cross cut..

I was going for the rotating affect on the dowels.. But have done a pen drilling holes at a 45..

Very nice!

JulianAzz (author)2017-02-26

Nice work!

Bruceputman (author)JulianAzz2017-02-28

Thank you.. I did not realize he number of processes I do to make a pen

Darthorso (author)2017-02-28

What a superb craftmanship. Awesome

Bruceputman (author)Darthorso2017-02-28

Thank you.

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