Introduction: Carved Pen With No Lathe

About: I have been working with wood since I could stumble into the shop with my dad. About a year ago I moved into a house with no space for a full shop so I decided to take up all hand tool wood working. That start…

This is not just any pen, it is MY pen, and few Out there have one like it. for Christmas, I made a bunch and gave them out for gifts, but I wanted one for myself and thought it would be a good time to experiment with a bit of carving in the shaft. So this is kind of an experiment for me. A pen is a great quick and easy project. once you have everything you need it can take less than 40 minutes to complete.

Tools needed;

#4 Hand plane setup for smoothing:

Combination Square:


Drill Bit Set:

File set:

Digital Calipers:

Supplies Needed;

Pen Kit:

Pen blank:


Super glue:

Step 1: Drill Out Blank

First, use the calipers to measure the brass tube in your pen kit and find a drill bit with that exact size. Mine was 13/32" Next. drill out your blank as straight as possible from end to end. The brass tube should be a tight fit in the hole. Some people like to roughen up the tube before inserting it and adding a bit of super glue to make sure it does not move.

Step 2: Shape the Blank

I love a hexagon on the pen shank as it feels fantastic in the fingers. To mark it out I find a bolt that fits nicely in the tube, then use the head to mark out the shape of the bolt head on both ends. Next, I can clamp it into the Vice and plane down each face one by one down to the line. With a sharp #4 this takes no time at all. Last, I will round over the ends untell they match up with the head of the pen.

Step 3: Carve the Shank

I wanted a simple spiral wrapping up the shank so I used a combination square to draw 45-degree lines that wrapped up the shank. Then, with a fine file is follow those lines to carve in a bit with the file.

Step 4: FINISH IT!!

I like to keep the corners sharp so I use a file to do a final smoothing on the faces. To apply the shellac I put it on a bolt int he vice so it can spin. I apply 2lb cut Shellac in 6 thin coats. I stand between coats 2, and 3, then between 5, and 6 with 400 grit sand paper. Last I use the bench vice yo press the parts together. and there you have a personally carved pen.

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