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Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 02 Jun 2018, 13:28

My twins have been invited to a confirmation by a friend so they asked me if I could make her a pen.

In apple with walnut cross. If I had more time I would have bought a religious themed clip.

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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Malc2098 » 02 Jun 2018, 15:00

Tasteful.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 02 Jun 2018, 16:14

Thanks Malc. As religiuos symbols of any kind are banned in French state schools I thought it was subtle enough to be used in class if she so wished.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Phil » 02 Jun 2018, 16:24

Very smart Andy. :eusa-clap:
And subtle.
What did you use for the cross?


Andyp wrote:Thanks Malc. As religiuos symbols of any kind are banned in French state schools I thought it was subtle enough to be used in class if she so wished.


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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby selectortone » 02 Jun 2018, 17:07

Very nice Andy. Nothing like making something for the kids to give you a warm feeling. Half the pleasure of turning is in the giving.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Rod » 02 Jun 2018, 19:39

Nice work- did you do the sewing too?

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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby DaveL » 02 Jun 2018, 20:07

Some very careful gluing to get that to come out, nicely done.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 02 Jun 2018, 20:44

Phil wrote:Very smart Andy. :eusa-clap:
And subtle.
What did you use for the cross


You’ve not being paying attention Phil ;) ;)
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Andyp wrote:My twins have been invited to a confirmation by a friend so they asked me if I could make her a pen.

In apple with walnut cross..........
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 02 Jun 2018, 20:45

Rod wrote:Nice work- did you do the sewing too?

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The little bags I bought from Turners Retreat, I think.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 02 Jun 2018, 20:55

DaveL wrote:Some very careful gluing to get that to come out, nicely done.


Thanks Dave.
The walnut veneers were carefully machined down from 3 to 1 mm by Rob, the woodbloke, of this parish to match the kerf of my champion mitre saw. The hard part was holding the blank to make the long, with the grain cut, on a 2” pen blank. I had to stick the blank to a piece of scrap to give me something to hold while I made the cut. Not shown on the photos but the cut only goes down half way. Then of course I had to drill the hole peferectly parallel to the walnut insert or the cross would have been off centre on the finished pen. I was chuffed that it came out perfectly.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby DaveL » 02 Jun 2018, 23:44

Andyp wrote:
I was chuffed that it came out perfectly.


So you should be.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Dalboy » 03 Jun 2018, 10:04

Nice looking pen Andy well done on doing the cross
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Woodbloke » 04 Jun 2018, 20:15

Andyp wrote:... from 3 to 1 mm by Rob, the woodbloke, of this parish to match the kerf of my champion mitre saw.


I remember it well :D, nice job on the pen Andy, something I've never tried - Rob
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Phil » 05 Jun 2018, 07:04

Andyp wrote:
Phil wrote:Very smart Andy. :eusa-clap:
And subtle.
What did you use for the cross


You’ve not being paying attention Phil ;) ;)
From the OP
Andyp wrote:My twins have been invited to a confirmation by a friend so they asked me if I could make her a pen.

In apple with walnut cross..........



Yip, old age, must read a lot slower and absorb. :oops: :oops:
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby TrimTheKing » 05 Jun 2018, 20:53

Very nice indeed mate, and subtle as others have mentioned. :eusa-clap:
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 06 Jun 2018, 07:16

Woodbloke wrote:
Andyp wrote:... from 3 to 1 mm by Rob, the woodbloke, of this parish to match the kerf of my champion mitre saw.


I remember it well :D, nice job on the pen Andy, something I've never tried - Rob


Thanks Rob,
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Woodbloke » 06 Jun 2018, 14:45

Andyp wrote:
Thanks Rob,
Pen turning is easy. It is coming up with a design then executing it well that really floats my boat.


Where do you get the bits n'pieces from for pen turning? I see that Ax do a decent range of gear but what do you actually need in the way of mandrels and other odds n'sods? - Rob
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Andyp » 06 Jun 2018, 15:15

Oh err Bob, I have done it but am no expert.

I have bought all my stuff to date from Stiles and Bates and Tuners Retreat

You need a mandrel which holds the blanks while you turn them. You need a drill to make the exact size hole for the pen tubes (barrels) to be inserted, you need a barrel trimmer to trim the blank to the exact same length as the tube, you need some bushes which hold the blank away from the ends of the mandrel so that you have room to move with the gauges and you need some pen kits. To insert the pen bits (twist mechanism, pointed end and cap/clip) into the tubes you can buy a special press, I use a Wolfcraft single handed clamp with nice soft pads.

Derek, Dalboy, knows a lot more about this sort of thing than I.
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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Rod » 06 Jun 2018, 18:41

Unless they’ve come up with something different, when I made pens you had to buy a kit of mandrels, spacers etc for each type of pen. Occasionally some sets worked for more than one style.

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Re: Confirmation Pen

Postby Dalboy » 07 Jun 2018, 19:34

Rod wrote:Unless they’ve come up with something different, when I made pens you had to buy a kit of mandrels, spacers etc for each type of pen. Occasionally some sets worked for more than one style.

Rod


For someone starting out I recomend buying bushes for each type of pen you make as they are a guide to the final diameter needed to fit the kit they are designed for.
A mandrel saver is something that I would also recomend as so many starting out get a little over enthusiastic when tightening the tailstock onto the end of the mandrel leading to it being bent which in turn leads to the turned part not having a perfect match to the kit parts.

I now do not use bushes but prefer to turn between centres and measure the blank to the component but this is something further down the line for someone starting out
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