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Learn How: Exotic Wood Pens

Regular Twist Pens

[ Gold Plated ] [ Parker Style ] [ Mont Blanc ] [ Fountain Pens ]
What you'll need...
517623 Parker Mandril With Bushings 19.99
555714B Letter O Parabolic Bit 11.99
CA02 All-In-One Maxi Cure Cyanocrylate Glove 9.99
941930 HUT Wax Satin (Step 1) 8.99
941931 HUT Wax Satin (Step 2) 10.99
555314 4" Tool Rest (Optional) 27.99
505602 Live CTR 47.99

And Pen or Pencil kits...
555238 Parker Style Double Twist Pen 6.79
555687 Parker Style Double Twist Pencil 9.99

Magnificent Parker Style Double Twist Pens/Pencils

Instructions are always free!

     Wooden pens are a great starter project for learning the lathe on the Mark V. The finished pens make great gifts and are inexpensive to make.

      First you cut two pieces of stock to approximately " x " (or slightly larger) and 2 1/8" long. This can be done easily on your bandsaw. Next find your center by drawing two diagonal lines on each blank. Now you are ready to drill through each piece using a 7mm (555713) drill bit. It is more accurate to use the horizontal boring feature on your Mark V, but you must use your fence as a back stop with a piece of wood as a backer board. Reverse your mitre gauge and remove the hold down clamp and use it as a centering point for drilling. Once you have centered the piece, lock your mitre gauge in place with the tapered set screw in the center of the mitre bar. Now direct the drill bit to the center, hold the blank firmly in place and drill each blank out slowly to prevent burning.

      Next, take the two tubes in each kit (55529) and rough them up with sandpaper. Now you are ready to glue the tubes into the blanks-Cyanoacrylate is recommended. (CA-02) Run a bead or two along the tubes (note: hold the tubes with your L-shaped allen key as the glue will dry in seconds), and insert the tubes in to the blanks quickly.

      To ensure that the ends of the blanks are flush with the brass tubes, use your disk sander and sand slightly to flush the ends.

      Now you are ready to turn your first pen. You will need a Mandrel (517722) which you put in your drill chuck to hold the blank. The end on the Mandrel is bored so it will line up to your live center (if using a dead center, lubricate with soap). Put on a bushing and then one blank, insert the second bushing and the other blank followed by the third bushing and tighten the nut. Turn the blank to the diameter of the bushings using a round nose lathe chisel (555029). Take off very little each pass and turn at approximately "R" speed. This will take about 10 minutes. The tool rest should be parallel to the blanks and as close as possible. (There is a 4" Tool Rest (555314) that will allow you to get closer to the piece)

      When you have turned the blanks to the bushing diameter or slightly larger, it is time to sand. The best way to sand is while it is still on the mandrel. This way you can sand both pieces at the same time. Start with 220 grit and progress to 400 grit.

      To polish the wood, first take some sawdust and hold it onto the blanks. This is called burnishing.

      To finish use HUT WAX which is a two step process. (941930, 941931) Slow down your machine to "H" speed and gently glide the brown bar across both blanks. Now speed your machine up again and with a soft cloth or paper towel, melt the wax into the wood. Again, slow down your machine and apply the white bar to the blanks. Speed up your machine again to melt this in. The white bar has a buffering compound in it that will give you a gloss finish. Repeat this step 3 times.

      The assembly is the easiest part. First you squeeze in (using a vise or "Quick Grip" clamp) the mechanism to the indented ring (approximately ") in the first blank, then on the other end of the same blank, press in the tip. The second blank requires a top and clip pushed in. Push the clip onto the top and squeeze the two pieces into the end of the blank. Next, put the pen refill and the center ring in place, push the two blanks together and you have just made your first Wooden Pen…


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