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.
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.
After marking the centers, we drilled them out, just large enough to insert the brass tubes.
We mixed up some 2-part epoxy and applied it to the roughed-up tubes, then inserted them into the wood.
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.
Once cleaned up, they were chucked up into the mandrel.
Adam spent some time roughing and shaping the pen blanks, down to the bushings on the mandrel.
The bushings are the exact same size as the pen hardware so it will assemble perfectly.
Once he was happy with the shapes, Adam sanded down the blanks, working his way through from 150 grit, 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.
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.
Not bad for our first pen.
His mother really liked it.
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…
Funny, I’ve never thought of using a quick clamp as a pen press. Thanks for the tip.
Looking good, Adam!
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!