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  • A Cross Grain pen

    i had a really nice scrap of spalted maple left over from cutting a bowl blank, too small for a pen if cut the normal way.
    so i decided tpo try cutting at 45 to the grain, pretty unique look.

    the skew work was tricky, wound up doing a little scraping instead Click image for larger version

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    steve, sarnia, ont




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    Re: A Cross Grain pen

    Lovely grain in that wood Steve. Is it stable and strong enough for pen duty? It "looks" to be, but I've been surprised before.
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      Re: A Cross Grain pen

      Don't forget to post the finished product! 😊

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        Re: A Cross Grain pen

        Originally posted by John Bartley View Post
        Lovely grain in that wood Steve. Is it stable and strong enough for pen duty? It "looks" to be, but I've been surprised before.
        it seems plenty strong enough, drilled normally, cut normally on the saw and lathe (other than scraper instead of skew), end milling was "nornal"

        i'll assemble it tonight after buffing.
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          Re: A Cross Grain pen

          Originally posted by stevem View Post

          it seems plenty strong enough, drilled normally, cut normally on the saw and lathe (other than scraper instead of skew), end milling was "nornal"

          i'll assemble it tonight after buffing.
          Good stuff !! I am looking forward to seeing the results.

          cheers

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            Re: A Cross Grain pen

            here's the finished pen
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            and another on the lathe for finishing

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              Re: A Cross Grain pen

              Very Nice, I see that the Ames lathe is still available just waiting for you to use to make a pen. https://www.kijiji.ca/v-art-collecti...nt=app_android
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                And three finished pens, the middle one is cut "straight", the other two at 45 to the grain Click image for larger version

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                  Re: A Cross Grain pen

                  Can you make one from end grain?
                  Rob

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                    Re: A Cross Grain pen

                    i guess you could, might be difficult to turn, be more like turning a bowl than a spindle
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                      Re: A Cross Grain pen

                      Nice pens Steve. Most of the time turned pens are too bulbous for my tastes. It's truly an art that is learned imho.
                      "Do it Right!"

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                        Re: A Cross Grain pen

                        thanks rusty.
                        yeah most new pen turners, including me, go through the "fat man with a really tight belt" stage!!

                        the simplest kits (and cheapest) are the slimlines with very small centre bands and of course we dont want to waste all that nice wood

                        the best part about pens, to me, is that the actual turning is very quick, instant gratification! especially if another project just went downhill fast. i always have some nice blanks sitting in box ready for turning. usually shop floor scraps like that spalted maple
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