Cedar Jr. Gent Pens and Business Card Holder

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Larry Korn (LKorn) was kind enough to send me some of his private stash of cedar a few weeks ago, and I finally got to finish a business card holder from some of what he sent. Of course, now in hindsight, I should have taken both sides of the holder, so you could see the natural edge too. I also have realized that I need to invest in a router, so I can actually cut in the groove that I wanted so this could double as a pen rest. As it is, there's a slight angle, and the pens just slide off!


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I also recently purchased some cedar from Ryan (Ryannmphs) here: http://www.penturners.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6442 . When the cedar arrived, two blanks really jumped out at me. Since I was making the business card holder and a pen for a friend (he said he was a big cedar fan), I knew I wanted to give him a pen from one of these blanks, since the cigar pen I made for him isn't something I'm exactly proud of (too much bushing dust). So, I stole a little time over the last few nights to work on these. They are both Jr. Gent's, and the one on the left-hand side will be going to my friend. The right-hand one had two small places where the scraper got a little aggressive and wound up turning down at/near the tube (or, as I was told to call those spots, "accents"). The right-hand pen has a base coat of BLO/CA as a sanding sealer, and 3 coats of Deft. The Deft left some waves that I'm not thrilled about, but it does look pretty good. The left-hand pen has two or three layers of BLO/CA, without anything else over it.

I think the right-hand pen will be going to my 17YO brother as he heads off to college.

Any hints, tips, suggestions, criticism, etc. are greatly appreciated!
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Edit: Duh, helps to add the pics!
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dubdrvrkev

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Nice Pens.
I am working on one right now from Ryan. I just love the smell when working it. Anything special to know about turning Cedar? I've heard some don't like to turn it, but haven't heard why.
 

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Jim, great looking set! I also love the smell of cedar, it gives the shop a nice clean smell when working with it that last for days. [:D]
 

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Great looking set of pens and a beautiful card holder as well. I've only done once cedar pen but it was like turning butter and helped the shop not smell so much like me [;)]. Nice work.
 

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If you use the rubber block with the MM it will sand out the ripples and you will end up with a nice smooth flat surface. I cut my block into a 1" square about 3" long and thats what I use with the first couple grits of MM when I start to sand out a finish.

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Pens look great.

I enjoyed working with Cedar. The 2nd one I turned exploded on my brother when he turned it. After searching the neighborhood for pieces. The only reason I can come up with is the wood soaked up all the CA and left voids. I have used epoxy since with cedar.
 

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Anthony, why did you have to mention the file? Now I'm torn as to whether to put in the indentation, which I won't be able to do until at LEAST next week, or give it to him. Since he's in NJ and I'm in VA, the logistics of the transfer are the pain, unless I mail it (and then who knows what will happen to it!)

Larry, the wood is beautiful; thanks again!

Tom, thanks for the warning!
 
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