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Old 09-04-2017, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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First time making an European Round top pen...
The instructions are in french, but I guess they're more easy to understand in English. The translation is so bad, I misunderstood something...
I saw what when I assembled it...

I don't know if I can make something to do not loose a kit. Maybe turn another top blank... Or I don't know if I can put somethning between the blank to look like a slimline...

I'm so unhappy, because the finish was very nice (for me)...
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Turn a custom centerband from contrasting material.
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Looks like you used the wrong bushings. See if a centerband from a slimline will fit.
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I turned my 20th pen and 20th of these kits tonight. I would say that, if you had the 2 piece center bushing, you had it backwards on the mandrel and the need the tenon for the center band on the lower part if the pen. First thing that popped into my mind would be to remove the center band and turn the larger piece down to match in the middle and go bandless. The line in the middle is very fine, so it may not look bad.


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Old 09-04-2017, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Is not often I see people admitting publically that they made foul of themselves however and in this case, I don't think that is enough reason to call yourself an idiot in fact if that was the case, there would be a big bunch of folks here and everywhere with such a "tag" stuck in their forehead.

The way I see it is, not everyone can read French and if you have never worked with such a kit, confusion/mistakes are not uncommon.

These sort of "oops" are great to test our creative juices, is not the end of the world, I'm sure you will find a solution that you will be happy with.

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First time making an European Round top pen...
The instructions are in french, but I guess they're more easy to understand in English. The translation is so bad, I misunderstood something...
I saw what when I assembled it...

I don't know if I can make something to do not loose a kit. Maybe turn another top blank... Or I don't know if I can put somethning between the blank to look like a slimline...

I'm so unhappy, because the finish was very nice (for me)...
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Old 09-05-2017, 05:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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You-re right. (I mean about the finish, not about being an idiot.) Get another one and nail it this time. I keep a box in my shop of pens of this sort - the ones designed to remind me of things to not do. Start a box. Cheap investment in your education!
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Most of us here have ridden the idiot train. In fact they might have a place on the loser's train called idiots and losers section.

The good news is we are a happy bunch and we learn from our mistakes. They are our best teachers.

There is a sense of comfort that comes from knowing others have experienced that "oh no!" Moment also.

Sometimes the solutions make our most creative pens.

The good news other than a really wide center band, you have done nice work. Mistakes happen. Nice work is what makes great pens.
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If that was the worst error I ever made with a pen I'd be ecstatic. I'm with the other guys, turn a custom band and call it a lesson learned.
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Wee aul mak misteaks at wun tyme or anuther.
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Thanks everybody for your good words and suggestions. I'll try to turn a center band and show you the results!
And indeed, I'll learn from that mistakes... I'll watch few youtube videos for that kind of pen before turning another one. :)
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