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Old 10-07-2018, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

Just made my first pen, and I'm hooked. Photo attached. There's a crack in it, and I'm not sure why. Might have happened when I fit the parts together, or maybe when I tried burnishing the finish and possibly heated it up too much. Hopefully, it won't be a recurring issue. Any thoughts?

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Old 10-07-2018, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What did you use for glue to attach the tube to the wood? How tight was the hole to the tube? when you say you 'burnished' the finish, how did you do that?
Oh and by the way, welcome to IAP from a fellow Taxachussett resident.
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Old 10-07-2018, 07:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. I used 5 minute epoxy for the tube. It had a little room to slide in. Not too snug or too loose. For the "burnishing," I basically squeezed a handful of shavings against the wood as it turned. (The theory is that it gives the wood a richer color, and more polished look.) It didn't feel hot in my hand, and I didn't squeeze to the point of smoking.

Always happy to meet a fellow resident in our great state, which boasts some of the world's best public education, health care, safe streets, cultural institutions, preserved green space and historical structures, and so on..... ;)
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Old 10-07-2018, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to IAP !!

It sounds like the crack was not there before burnishing because, if it were, you would have noticed. Would that be right ? . Logically, it would seem then, to be the result of burnishing. . But I find it hard to accept that burnishing would be the cause. . If the heat were that great you certainly would have felt it.

I feel pretty sure that the crack occurred when you pressed the parts into the barrel ends. . That can happen if there is glue residue inside the brass tube. . Cracking can also occur if your pressing operation is not dead straight. . There might even be other reasons.

That is a slimline pen. . Slimlines are the most difficult for several reasons, one of which is the thin material (blank) wall at the ends of the finished barrels.

I would suggest you develop your basic skills using an easier kit, such as Majestic Squire (good wall thickness), Art Deco, or the 30 Caliber Bolt Action kits. . Sierra (or Gatsby) is also easy but does not have an adequately thick wall, in my opinion, unless you go for the Sierra Vista (or Gatsby Grande).

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Old 10-07-2018, 08:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, these are good details to look out for. I didn't notice the crack until the pen was all done. (Actually, my son noticed it.) So, I don't know exactly when it happened, but i will pay attention next time.

I've got an Art Deco and some other kinds of kits coming, so we'll see. I'm glad to know that this kit is considered relatively difficult. It was a good one to start out with, in part because it was so cheap, so the failure doesn't hurt much, and I was actually expecting far worse.
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome to IAP. Great start!
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome and enjoy! The first one is always the one that teaches. Lol
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Welcome to the IAP Jonathan, from Scotland!
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