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.
#4 Hand plane setup for smoothing: http://amzn.to/2hc6LQZ
Combination Square: http://amzn.to/2klehHq
Drill Bit Set: http://amzn.to/2kwmFFZ
File set: http://amzn.to/2l0czdB
Digital Calipers: http://amzn.to/2l03DVt
Pen Kit: http://amzn.to/2kOBqoD
Pen blank: http://amzn.to/2jZDR3O
Super glue: http://amzn.to/2kw9gh4
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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.