22 steps to turning a Pen
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Layout of Pen
Considerations in Design
• Mark and identify the top and bottom of the pen
• Understand your hardware design (what looks good on the hardware you are using)
• Look for interesting grain or features
• Squareness of blank, ease of drilling
• Defects in the blank
•Score with sand
paper each brass tube, 120- 150 grit
•Apply your glue of choice to the leading edge of the brass tube (I use CA glue or 5 Minute epoxy)
•Insert the tube from the cut part line face of the blank, keeping the brass edge close to the face of the part line, this helps keep a tight grain alignment from top to bottom of the finished pen
•Set aside to cure for about 20 minutes
Turning your Blank To Shape
• Cut from the edges into the centre of the blank to give it a rough shape. If required, make repairs as you go using CA Glue or epoxy with shavings or wood from the same blank.
• Final shaping and fine cut should be made with a freshly ground sharp edge. You can refine your shape moving the entire length of the blank.
• Consider your hardware in the form you are creating, will there be a smooth flow of shape from the turned pen blank to the hardware….what design considerations should I keep in mind with the hardware you have chosen..these are important questions to consider!
– Your finishing process is about refining the surface to a final finish using a progressive series of fine abrasives and polishes. I wet sand when ever possible
– Sanding should not be about changing the form, that should be controlled by your tool work
– Keep in mind that different materials can benefit from different finishing processes
– Your process will be improved by cleaning the pen blank surface between sanding grades.
– Use paper towels