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Old 06-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've never really spoke up before... in fact this is my first post. I've been reading all the great tips and I kinda feel guilty for never speaking up about anything. So here is a picture of my new lathe. Its a grizzly 12x36. The non gunsmith version. I was looking at the pm 11x27 with the 1 1/2 inch bore, but I needed to be able to take a 29 inch pass. I bought the lathe with the intention of starting to mess around building pool cues. Now that I've used it for pens I don't even really feel like making cues. Pens are much funner than I thought they would be. The pen attached to this is my first kitless attempt. I'm a little embarrassed to say that it took me almost 6 hours. Someone please tell me they don't normally take that long!!! I just wanted to thank everyone for all of the great posts. I am amazed at how helpful it is to read what everyone else is doing. Who knows, without all of your help this pen might have taken me 8 or 9 hours. I welcome any comments.
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Old 06-23-2012, 05:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You did your 1st kitless in only 6 hours? . . . . . . . With a clip too?!?!?

Now I'm embarrassed.

I don't have a metal lathe, but I came here just to buy wood for making gun grips. You know, I haven't made a set of grips in over a year. Yep, pens are more fun.
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Nice to see you come out of the shadows. I have the gunsmith version so know your lathe will serve you well.

My first didn't have a clip and it took at least as long if not more than yours did plus there were fewer tutorials to help with the learning curves. Well done.

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Nice blank, It can take up to a week to make a pen when Im doing an "as built". Meaning I designed it as I built it.
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Good lathe choice, good looking blank and great first kitless.

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which blank is that?
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which blank is that?
The blank is "sea orchid" from bear tooth woods.
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Nice to see you come out of the shadows. I have the gunsmith version so know your lathe will serve you well.

My first didn't have a clip and it took at least as long if not more than yours did plus there were fewer tutorials to help with the learning curves. Well done.
I really wanted the gunsmith version but it was on backorder for 3 months at first... then six months... and to my knowledge still isn't available. I gave up the 2 or 3 extra options for a couple hundred bucks and the chance to use the lathe instead of waiting for it to come in.
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You did your 1st kitless in only 6 hours? . . . . . . . With a clip too?!?!?

Now I'm embarrassed.

I don't have a metal lathe, but I came here just to buy wood for making gun grips. You know, I haven't made a set of grips in over a year. Yep, pens are more fun.
It did only take six hours, but I left out the 3 or 4 hours that it took to make a few different mandrels and pins that I used to hold the pen on my wood lathe for final turning and polishing. Also I had about 2 or 3 hours of messing around and destroying some acrylic trying to figure out how to cut threads and other experiments. If you add all that together this pen could have more like 10 or 12 hours in it... even more embarrassing.
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Good lathe choice, good looking blank and great first kitless.

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Thanks I'm looking forward to more projects to come. I'm hoping to pick up some more tips about making pens on the metal lathe. It seems there are about 50 different ways to do everything.
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