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Adam’s Mother’s day present

Adam wanted to make something special for his mother this year for Mother’s day. A few months back, I purchased a few different pen kits and a mandrel so Adam and I could learn how to make pens. He decided to make one that she would like. The pen he wanted to make had a pen on one end and a stylus on the other, that she could use on her tablet. To make it special, Adam dug out his favorite piece of wood. He had a pen blank, made from purple heart, that he had been saving for a while.  He thought it would make the perfect gift for her because she knew how much he liked it.

Marking the tube length

Marking the tube length

We started by marking the two pieces needed to create both ends of the pen. Next, I placed a backer board behind the blank and cut it to length.

Cutting the pen blanks

Cutting the pen blanks

 

Marking the centers

Marking the centers

After marking the centers, we drilled them out, just large enough to insert the brass tubes.

Drilling the 7mm holes

Drilling the 7mm holes

 

Mixing epoxy

Mixing epoxy

We mixed up some 2-part epoxy and applied it to the roughed-up  tubes, then inserted them into the wood.

Inserting epoxied tubes

Inserting epoxied tubes

 

Glued up and curing

Glued up and curing

After they cured, Adam cleaned them up and faced off the ends with the facing tool that came with the pen turning kit I bought.

Cleaning up and facing

Cleaning up and facing

 

Cleaned

Cleaned

Once cleaned up, they were chucked up into the mandrel.

Blanks set up on the mandrel

Blanks set up on the mandrel

 

Roughing the shape

Roughing the shape

Adam spent some time roughing and shaping the pen blanks, down to the bushings on the mandrel.

Fine tuning the shape

Fine tuning the shape

The bushings are the exact same size as the pen hardware so it will assemble perfectly.

Ready for sanding

Ready for sanding

Once he was happy with the shapes, Adam sanded down the blanks, working his way through from 150 grit, down to 600 grit.

Stepping through the grits

Stepping through the grits

 

Sanded down to 600 grit

Sanded down to 600 grit

Once it was sanded as smooth as he could get it, we used Shellawax friction polish to buff and finish the pen parts.

Polishing

Polishing

 

Final coat and rubbing

Final coat and rubbing

After a couple of coats of polish, it was looking good so we took the pieces off the lathe and started pressing the pen components together.

Pressing the pieces into place

Pressing the pieces into place

 

Proud of his pen

Proud of his pen

Not bad for our first pen.

Final product

Final product

His mother really liked it.

Happy Mother's day

Happy Mother’s day

I have another dozen or so kits for Adam and I to play with so you may be seeing more of them in the future…

2 comments on “Adam’s Mother’s day present

  1. Ross
    May 10, 2015

    Funny, I’ve never thought of using a quick clamp as a pen press. Thanks for the tip.

    Looking good, Adam!

  2. Michael Mathews
    May 11, 2015

    Good job Adam! I’m glad to see you’re continuing with building your woodworking skills. I met you at WWIA while running the ShopBot and making the wooden bracelets. I knew you were the type that would continue learning and making things. Congratulations and I sure your mother appreciates the gift of love!

    On another note, the drill press also works well as a pen press!

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