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Doug08/06/2010 08:44:42
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I`ve been messing about with some off cuts, after seeing a chap who makes pens with different coloured woods to make patterns.
 
He uses shop bought coloured wood & makes union jack pens amongst others.
 
I found some padauk & maple in the off cuts bin & decided to give it a go myself. It was a little more time consuming than i thought & if i`m honest i should have paid greater attention to drilling the segments, as this would have meant the bricks would have lined up more accurately. 
 
That said i quite enjoyed making it & will give it another go.
 
Cheers.
 
 
Baz  
Oddjob08/06/2010 10:28:34
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That is very good Baz.
How about a "How To," at least for the construction of the blank.
 
Richard 
Sparky08/06/2010 16:30:25
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Oh Baz, this is different and the outcome is great.......
 
Did you find it hard to get  the woods in order to have this pattern or did you have a jig?

Certainly came out well for the first one. well done mate
 
Marc
 
Sam08/06/2010 17:15:44
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Hi Bazz   .    Very nice indeed , I have got to say that I see that as a task where my fingers would be a stuck together LOL  .   I do like the contrast in the colors and way you have made such a small pattern . Must have been fun to turn .
 
Kind regards Sam 
Mark Sutton08/06/2010 18:30:12
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Hi Baz
Pen looks really nice, lots of fiddly work there i see.
 
Mark
Doug08/06/2010 21:54:14
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Thanks for the nice comments guys.
 
I will take a few snaps when i do another & make a WIP of making the blank.
 
It`s not that fiddly really to make the blank, though gluing each segment to the pen tube with super glue proved interesting .
 
The only jig i could do with is one to hold the segments while i`m drilling them, though i`ve an idea for that, quite a simple affair.
 
The main problem i need to over come is the contamination of the darker coloured "mortar" into the lighter coloured "bricks",  any suggestions gratefully recieved.
 
 
Cheers.
 
 
Baz  
Sparky08/06/2010 22:14:00
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Baz
Could that be from using the finish when on the lathe?
Are you using cellulose finish at all?
 
It seems to be pulling the colour to the 'brick' when spinning, perhaps using a very fine artists  paint brush to seal the mortar before applying the finish......just a thought.
 
Marc 
Ralph Harvey08/06/2010 22:44:03
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Baz
 
Thats great, i have seen some pre-prepared blanks that dont look as good but cost a small fortune !
 
As to the bleeding from the paduke, try purpleheart it will give just as much a dramatic look but the colour shouldnt bleed ? hopefully.
 
Ralph
Doug09/06/2010 07:41:15
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Marc.
 
The colour from the padauk was bleeding into the maple when just using the skew, as the bevel rubbed from the red to the white.
I changed to a gauge which was better re bleeding, but doesn`t leave such a good finish, so more sanding, which again caused the problem. 
I could try soaking the veneer in sanding sealer, prior to gluing, i`ll give it more thought.
 
 
Thanks Ralph.
 
I`ve got a purple heart bowl blank somewhere, so will give your suggestion a try when i`ve found it.
 
 
 
Cheers.
 
 
Baz  
 
 
dennis wake11/06/2010 06:11:37
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hi Baz
    i like the way you have done this pen if you can doe segmented pens then why not try a segmented bowl .
dennis
Alan T.11/06/2010 08:18:42
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Hello Baz,  If I understand it correctly, you actually made each course of the brick pattern separately, drilled them and then slid them one at a time onto the pen tube,aligning the joints as you went to give the brick pattern, Must have been interesting if you used superglue. If this is the case then you deserve a medal. Well done anyway, I like the result.   Alan T. 
Doug11/06/2010 20:18:02
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Dennis.
 
This 1 little pen took long enough, i don`t think i`d have the patience to do a bowl.
That said it would thin out the off cuts pile, so i wont say never.
 
 
Alan.
 
You`ve got it spot on, i saw the pen chap again on wednesday at my local wood turning club. i showed him the pen & asked him if it was how he did it.
 
The only thing he does differently is, he turns the blank round before he cuts them in to the brick sizes, this makes lining them up easier.
 
The supergluing to the pen tube is quite fun, though i did have the de-bonder close to hand.
 
 
Cheers.
 
 
Baz  
Sparky11/06/2010 20:33:01
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"The supergluing to the pen tube is quite fun, though i did have the de-bonder close to hand."

A very wise precaution

Marc
Derek Lane13/06/2010 17:57:10
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Sorry for not commenting earlier as I have been busy(Not in the workshop though). Great looking pen Baz. I bet you had great fun with this.
 
Not tried this but might be worth a go on some scrap first. Turn close to shape then apply sander sealer giving it possibly another coat if needed, Then finish to size giving it a coat just before the sanding.
sad sam13/06/2010 18:35:36
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hi baz
great pen you must have a lot of patience i could not do that turn pens yes but you have done something differant  very well done
sadsam

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