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Doug17/06/2010 20:17:17
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Just a follow up to the segmented "brick" pen i posted a couple of weeks ago.
 
Richard asked if i would do a WIP of making the blank, so as i was making another i took a few snaps.
 
First off, i start with 2 pieces of maple accurately planed square to aid construction & drilling later. These need to be longer than a standard pen blank because of wastage later from the kerf on my saw blade. I also cut a few strips of sepele veneer  at the bandsaw.
 

These were glued together with titebond original  & clamped.
 

Once dry, the blank was cut in half length ways, & the mating surfaces planed.
 

another piece of veneer was glued between these 2 halves.
 

The blank was then cut into lengths short enough to drill all the way through on the pillar drill. Accurate set up in the clamp keeps the hole central.
 

The blank is then cut into into "bricks" at the chop saw, using a stop & holding stick to keep my fingers away from the blade.
 

The bricks are then superglued to another piece of veneer, i use ordinary super glue, but use an activator  pen to speed things up.
 

Whilst all on the one piece i drill through the holes in the "bricks" & through the veneer into a scrap offcut.
 

The veneer is then cut around the "bricks" with a sharp knife & i start gluing the bricks onto a pen tube, twisting every other brick to form the "brick bond".
 

Until both pen blanks are ready for the lathe.
 

I knock the corners off at the bandsaw, so as to avoid catches, then turn the pen.
 

Cheers for looking.
 
 
Baz.  

Edited By baz on 17/06/2010 20:32:34

dennis wake17/06/2010 20:37:58
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hi Baz
    thank you for the how to on the pen i like this and may have a go my self.
  well done
dennis
Sparky17/06/2010 21:02:47
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This is brilliant Baz, thanks for uploading these images, it will help those who will want to give it a go.
 
Well done
 
 
Marc
Julian17/06/2010 21:34:06
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Hi Baz
 
   This is indeed brilliant, I had no idea how these pens were made. You see the mandrels for sale and the blanks but not being a lathe owner (yet) I had no knowledge of the manufactureing process. A realy stunning result.
Are there long drill bits available for centre drilling on the lathe if the pillar drill is not big enough to go through the legnth of the blank I wonder. I presume you would need a steady to well keep it steady while being drilled.
 
                   Nice one Baz
 
                                 Julian
 
Oddjob18/06/2010 08:38:00
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Thanks Baz - it's magic
 
Lovely piece of "scrap offcut" you've got there
 
Richard
Dave Atkinson18/06/2010 13:19:52
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Baz
 
That's superb - a great "how to"
 
cheers Dave 
Mark Sutton18/06/2010 16:49:42
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Hi Baz
 
As the others have said, superb "how to"   Thank you for sharing
Doug18/06/2010 21:52:44
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Thanks lads for the very nice comments .
 
Julian,
 
You can get a long bit, infact i have one, but finding it is another matter.
 
Richard,
 
The scrap piece was a drawer front that didn`t meet the customers requirements, they wanted rustic, but not that rustic  . The joys of customers....lol
 
Thanks again,
 
Baz  
Derek Lane19/06/2010 12:51:47
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A well put together "How to" Baz. Always nice to see how different people go about doing these type of jobs.
Alan T.06/07/2010 19:05:29
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Just Brilliant Baz.  Thanks a lot.   Cheers    Alan T.

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