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Old 04-14-2019, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default It would have been so pretty

But itís not to be. Not sure what happened , but you can see brass showing through under the walnut chevron. img_1055.jpg


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Looks like the blank cracked.
Did you perhaps turn this using excessive pressure on the ends of the blank, or assemble it with too much force ?
I've had similar problems with both !
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Looks like the blank cracked.

Did you perhaps turn this using excessive pressure on the ends of the blank, or assemble it with too much force ?

I've had similar problems with both !


I never even tried assembling it. I knew it was bad before applying ca. I just wanted to see what it would have looked like.


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What often appears to be a tight joint at 1" OD may not be so tight at the final OD of the pen (e.g .462"). It may have separated during drilling/turning, etc, but I suspect the joint was not perfect when glued-up. (Just speculating now, and I may be totally incorrect).

There is a slight "wave" with the chevron joint, and this also may indicate not a perfect match for the sections.

I have a plastic tub with 40-50 "if only except..." blanks.

And yes, what you assembled looks mighty nice.
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What often appears to be a tight joint at 1" OD may not be so tight at the final OD of the pen (e.g .462"). It may have separated during drilling/turning, etc, but I suspect the joint was not perfect when glued-up. (Just speculating now, and I may be totally incorrect).



There is a slight "wave" with the chevron joint, and this also may indicate not a perfect match for the sections.



I have a plastic tub with 40-50 "if only except..." blanks.



And yes, what you assembled looks mighty nice.


Youíre probably correct about the joint not being perfect. I guess you can never really tell until itís done. But when I think about it, penmaking would probably get to be boring if absolutely everything turned out perfectly every time.


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I have a plastic tub with 40-50 "if only except..." blanks.




I donít know why but in a sad sort of way that brings me comfort.


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I have a plastic tub with 40-50 "if only except..." blanks.




I donít know why but in a sad sort of way that brings me comfort.


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Thatís too funny.


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I agree with Mark on this. And to me, it is in the jig. I spent more time working on a jig and correcting it than on pen blanks. As Mark mentioned - "a wave" - that and an imperfect jig. It takes practice and learning from mistakes - WHY they occurred . . if they can be found out - that is what leads to the perfect jig or perfect setting on the saw that gets the job done.

I had a friend when I was a young adult that taught me that angles are not just degrees but minutes and seconds. When I learned that such precision existed, I was both fascinated and floored! Then I learned to sneak up on those precision angles and that comes from experience and trial and effort.

This is not a loss at all. It helps to show what to watch for in the next one. One of the hardest things for me to accept was one perfect pen that I made the first time trying, and then could not duplicate it in the next 6 or 7 times!
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I donít know why but in a sad sort of way that brings me comfort.


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