Magnetic Spalted Tamarind

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This is a Magnetic pen with wavy clip, in chrome, from Crooked Mill. Very simple pen with a long body. I love the wavy clip, makes it look "funky". The blank is dyed and stabilized spalted tamarind, from Woodcraft. The finish is Pens Plus. I love how it turned out. Except for the wavy clip, it's very similar to an Artisan Zen pen.
 

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Jim, you come up with the most interesting blanks! This is no disappointment - very interesting and unique. I love green! 👍
 

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I just found out this week that I'm going to be a papa. So I made and engraved this for my son. I'll be making one for my daughter-in-law also.
 

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That looks neat! I like the magnetic pen look! I did a quick check on the website but can’t find the length of the tube; do you have that handy (or an approximation)? My drill press doesn’t go very far (the table doesn’t drop far enough for tall pen drilling) and lathe drilling can’t happen until I get a chuck set. But I’m intrigued by this model!
 

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That looks neat! I like the magnetic pen look! I did a quick check on the website but can’t find the length of the tube; do you have that handy (or an approximation)? My drill press doesn’t go very far (the table doesn’t drop far enough for tall pen drilling) and lathe drilling can’t happen until I get a chuck set. But I’m intrigued by this model!
I believe the tube is a little over 3", but I don't remember how much over. It's the same as the Zen pen, but none of the instructions list the tube length. I'll measure it when I get home this afternoon. I can remember trying to drill long blanks when I had a smaller drill press. It's frustrating.
 
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I believe the tube is a little over 3", but I don't remember how much over. It's the same as the Zen pen, but none of the instructions list the tube length. I'll measure it when I get home this afternoon. I can remember trying to drill long blanks when I had a smaller drill press. It's frustrating.
Thanks! 3 inches might just be doable if my bit cooperates. Yes… a smaller drill press has been a blessing that came with claws. Mine has a 2 inch travel on a short neck so the table doesn’t drop very low (and pen bits are so long that I can’t always make it work) and so most blanks I make are a 2 step process, but I still get frustrated (but it’s still better than hand drilling!)

I tried to make a “hacked slimline” pen blank (where it has 2 tubes in one long pen blank). I tried 2 of them and both were botched badly so I gave up for now. My hubby wants to get me a Nova 3G set that has a few types of jaws so once I get that, I’ll try again. But I love the look of that pen!
 
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