Category Archives: Pens

Stripey Pen Build

Just for fun I thought I would document the process of making a laminated Stripey Swirly Twist Pen.

Start Here
Stripey Pen - Start Here
At the table saw, I ripped a bunch of thin strips from these maple and walnut scraps I had lying around.

Watching Glue Dry
Stripey Pen - Watching Glue Dry
The maple and walnut strips were alternately glued together and clamped up to dry overnight.

Laying Out the Blanks
Stripey Pen - 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
Stripey Pen - Ready to Cut
Shows the lines for cutting at the bandsaw.

We Have Pen Blanks
Stripey Pen - 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
Stripey Pen - 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
Stripey Pen - Tubes In and Trimmed
Brass tubes are glued in place, and the ends trued up with the barrel trimmer.

Ready for Turning
Stripey Pen - Ready for Turning
Now comes the fun part. Shields UP!

Turn Turn Turn
Stripey Pen - 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.

Turning Done
Stripey Pen - Turning Done
Ready for final sanding, waxing, and polishing.

Final Wax
Stripey Pen - Final Wax
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.

Final Polishing
Stripey Pen - Final Polishing
Buffing up the last coat of wax.

Finished Finishing
Stripey Pen - Finished Finishing
Finished with the lathe, ready to come off and be put together.

Ready for Assembly
Stripey Pen - Ready for Assembly
This kit has a manageable number of pieces, unlike some of the fancy schmancy kits, like rollerballs.

Flattened Bolt
Stripey Pen - Flattened Bolt
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
Stripey Pen - Pressing the Nib
And if you’ve ever had your nib pressed, you know how painful that can be.

Stripey Pen – Final
Stripey Pen - Final

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Stratus Click Pen in “White Wedding”

Here’s a Stratus click pen I just made, in white acrylic called “White Wedding” for some reason… I guess “Plain White” lacked pizzazz… The plating is “gun metal”, which has plenty of pizzazz.

Stratus Click Pen in "White Wedding" Acrylic

I usually photograph these things on a white background, but all that white on white just sounded too… white… so I trotted out the black velvet, for another song reference…

Cosmic Green Rollerballs

Here are a couple of pens I just finished.

Cosmic Green Rollerballs

One of these is going to our landscaper guy, he says it matches his company colour. The pens are Sedona rollerballs in chrome plating, the acrylic colour is Cosmic Green.

Cedar Pen Display Stand

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Cedar Pen Display Stand

Because pens.

And because space can be a bit limited on the table at Market Days, depending on what I’ve got on offer (cutting boards, for example, take up a lot of room), it made sense to “go vertical”.

I probably ought to make another one, now that I’ve made the template…

A Pair of Rollerballs and a Celtic

Here are some more recently turned pens, as I get ready for the December rush (he said, hopefully).

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Celtic - zebrawood
Celtic ballpoint, in zebrawood

Sedona Rollerball - open
Sedona Rollerballs in sapelle and bloodwood (open)

Sedona Rollerball  - closed
Sedona Rollerballs in sapelle and bloodwood (closed)