Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Rikon 70-050 Midi Lathe

I recently sold my Delta 46-701 lathe. Two primary reasons:

  1. Too bloody big for my one car garage.
  2. Needed the money (I've been out of work).
But I use a lathe a lot, so I needed to sell the Delta for enough $$ to buy a smaller replacement as well as have some cash.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Making a pen using a CYOC blank (Part 6)

Carefully press the furniture into the polished barrel.

And the end result, a beautiful pen!

As you can see, the red showed through the clear areas beautifully. And it influenced the black areas to create what I call "Red as Night".

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at my process for making pens. There are, of course, many steps I didn't discuss. You'll already know about most of them if you're a penturner. If not, feel free to ask!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Making a pen using a CYOC blank (Part 5)

 This is part four of the series, "Making a pen using a CYOC blank".

Now the blank is turned to size. You know about this stuff.

Like any other poly resin or acrylic blank, sand through the grits with your Micromesh, or use wet/dry sandpaper to at least 4000 grit. Then buff.