Berlin Ball Pen in Nut

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chris_11

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Hello,

that is a Berlin pen in nut. Its definitely not perfect but I am in my first weeks of pen turning. I did cut the wood by 45 degrees to make the grain coming better out. It is a challenge to keep the drilling in line on diagonal cut wood. Best seem to be low rev and start with a shorter drill. This is without a brass tube and has only a 6.3mm (1/4 inch) drill hole. From both sides a M7x0,75 thread, which holds surprisingly well in wood. I make the thread with a Akku drill by hand, since the higher rev than hand turning the thread makes it easier to cut a thread in wood.

I struggled with the CA finish, since the new bought CA is probably already too old. Have to buy new one tomorrow.
Any hints are welcome.

br
Christian

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magpens

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Very nice pen !!

Where did you buy the Berlin pen kit ? . I have not heard of it before now.

I like the fact that it uses the Schmidt SKM-88 click mechanism.
 

rbuonfiglio

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Hello,

that is a Berlin pen in nut. Its definitely not perfect but I am in my first weeks of pen turning. I did cut the wood by 45 degrees to make the grain coming better out. It is a challenge to keep the drilling in line on diagonal cut wood. Best seem to be low rev and start with a shorter drill. This is without a brass tube and has only a 6.3mm (1/4 inch) drill hole. From both sides a M7x0,75 thread, which holds surprisingly well in wood. I make the thread with a Akku drill by hand, since the higher rev than hand turning the thread makes it easier to cut a thread in wood.

I struggled with the CA finish, since the new bought CA is probably already too old. Have to buy new one tomorrow.
Any hints are welcome.

br
Christian

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Looks a lot like the Tenacious Click Pen kit from Woodcraft, which does use a brass tube, which could make it easier (no threading needed), and I've made a few of these, and I use one myself.
Great job on the diagonal grain!!
I've tried CA but prefer Friction Polish (Myland's) or a penetrating oil finish, since that has a richness to it, even if less of a high gloss.
 

LK&T

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Sedro Woolley, WA
Hello,

that is a Berlin pen in nut. Its definitely not perfect but I am in my first weeks of pen turning. I did cut the wood by 45 degrees to make the grain coming better out. It is a challenge to keep the drilling in line on diagonal cut wood. Best seem to be low rev and start with a shorter drill. This is without a brass tube and has only a 6.3mm (1/4 inch) drill hole. From both sides a M7x0,75 thread, which holds surprisingly well in wood. I make the thread with a Akku drill by hand, since the higher rev than hand turning the thread makes it easier to cut a thread in wood.

I struggled with the CA finish, since the new bought CA is probably already too old. Have to buy new one tomorrow.
Any hints are welcome.

br
Christian

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Nice job on the pen, especially the diagonal grain. Also nice proportionally. The CA finish looks even and devoid of scratches, at least in these photos. If you're going for a glassy high gloss finish there's some work to do, but what you have done is pleasing. I personally like minimalist looking kits and am jealous I can't get this one!
 
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