Just for fun I thought I would document the process of making a laminated Stripey Swirly Twist Pen.
At the table saw, I ripped a bunch of thin strips from these maple and walnut scraps I had lying around.
Watching Glue Dry
The maple and walnut strips were alternately glued together and clamped up to dry overnight.
Laying Out the Blanks
Using an acrylic blank I had nearby, I layout the blanks at an angle. Should be able to get two or three pens out of this.
Ready to Cut
Shows the lines for cutting at the bandsaw.
We Have Pen Blanks
Blanks were cut at the bandsaw. Two full length ones, for sure, and I can probably use the other bits for something, at least one more pen I think.
Ready for Brass
Blanks were cut to just a bit longer than the tubes, a 7mm hole drilled through each at the drill press, and now the tubes can be glued in.
Tubes In and Trimmed
Brass tubes are glued in place, and the ends trued up with the barrel trimmer.
Ready for Turning
Now comes the fun part. Shields UP!
Turn Turn Turn
Only with the flat-bottomed Easy Wood Tool, and only after the initial rough turning to round, would I attempt the one-handed lathe action photo.
Ready for final sanding, waxing, and polishing.
After numerous rounds of sanding, followed by the Australian part of the operation (EEE Ultra Shine and Shellawax Polish, “Australian and Proud Of It” – them, not me) I apply a final top coat of Liberon wax stick.
Buffing up the last coat of wax.
Finished with the lathe, ready to come off and be put together.
Ready for Assembly
This kit has a manageable number of pieces, unlike some of the fancy schmancy kits, like rollerballs.
Grinding a flat spot on the head of a bolt and chucking it in the drill press makes for a pretty solid pen press.
Pressing the Nib
And if you’ve ever had your nib pressed, you know how painful that can be.
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