Intro: How to Make a Wood and Acrylic Pen "AKA the Money Tree"
So I have done an instructable on a wood pen, but this is a wood and acrylic pen that requires different methods to complete the blanks..
Funny story, a gal at work asked if I would make her a pen like the one I made for another employee..
(It was a Money Pen. See photo 1. Chopped up money in acrylic)
I said sure. She said she liked all the wood I have to make pens and really wanted a wood pen.... Hmmmmm ... I said the Money Pen is not wood but acrylic, and if it was wood I would have a money tree and would not be standing here. We both laughed... Guess you had to be there...
But the light came on and I said, what about wood on the bottom and Money on top.. Money Tree.. She was thrilled and I hope when I deliver it tomorrow she is even more thrilled...
Note that the money pen blank is real money that goes out of circulation (trash) and gets cut up.. and turns into treasure...
Step 1: Tools and Materials Needed
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. Sanding pads 1500 to 4000 grit
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 the Wood
The first step in making a Pen is to choose the style and then the wood. I have 10 different pen styles and over 70 types of wood.
1. Mark the wood with the bushings
2. Cut the wood on the Bandsaw
3. For these bushings I have used a black permanent marker for the back of the pen where the money in acrylic will be used
Step 3: Drilling the Pen Blanks
The next step is to drill the wood and acrylic pen blanks with the correct drill size to match the brass tube.
Step 4: Adding the Bushings
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...
Step 5: Barrel Trimming
Once the glue is dry, I use a barrel trimmer to assure the end of the blank is perpendicular to the brass tube glued in the bushing.
Step 6: Cutting the Corners on the Bandsaw
This step I trim the pen blanks to make it easer to turn on the lathe. This cuts down the time to turn and also reduces the chance of blowing a pen apart while turning.
Step 7: Turning the Pen on the Lathe
Now I turn the pen to the bushing diameters that match the pen parts. Notice the difference between the wood and acrylic when cutting.
Step 8: Sanding the Pen Blank Note That I Changed the Bushings Out
For the wood blank I start with 220 grit and work up to 400 grit.. sanding with the lathe turning then off with the grain.
For the acrylic I also use 220, 400, 1500, 1800, 2000,3200, 3600, 4000... It is a different process for acrylic blanks
Step 9: Applying CA Glue
Now I put CA glue on a paper towel and apply to the blank at slow speed. I do this just to the wood blank. I will put one coat on then spray the accelerator and apply another coat. I do this 3 times.
Note that I use a bag to cover my finger while applying the CA glue.. These bags come from the pen parts as you will see later
Step 10: Sanding the CA Glue. Note That the Acrylic Blank Is Already Sanded
Next I sand the CA coating again with 220 to 400 grit. Sorry no photo here as this is messy and I need to focus on the sanding not the photos. If you are not careful you can sand through the CA and have to start over again..
Step 11: Next I Use EE Ultra Shine to Polish the Blanks
This is basically liquid sandpaper. It will take something sanded to 400 grit up to 1500 grit..
I use a paper napkin cut down to apply the EEE. I wipe it on with the lathe stopped then turn the lathe on at high speed to buff it in.
Step 12: Step 14: Next I Wax With HUT PPP #2 Then Hut PPP #1
This is a 2 stage wax to brings the shine out on the pen
Step 13: Removing the CA Glue on the End of the Wood Blank
Note the CA glue over the edge of the wood pen blank in the box. photo 1
I carefully use a barrel trimmer to bring the end back to the brass tube.
Step 14: Pressing the Pen Together
Note the bags of parts the pen pieces come in. As mentioned I use these to protect my finger while putting the CA glue on
Step 15: Final Assembly
Now I put the spring on the end of the ink cartage. Screw the cap on and press the back over the twist mechanism.
Pen is complete with hopes for another happy customer..