Pen Making

Introduction: Pen Making

22 steps to turning a Pen

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basic tool that will make turning a pen much easier

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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

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Gluing Tubes

•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

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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!

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• Sanding

– 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

• Tip:

– Your process will be improved by cleaning the pen blank surface between sanding grades.

– Use paper towels

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    3 Discussions

    Wow, what an amazing end result, nice job with easy to follow steps!

    Very nice. The finished pen looks excellent, and your instructions are great. Thank you for sharing this!