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fnfalguy

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First off, thanks @KateHarrow for the fun and handsome kit and fast order processing and shipping and @rherrell for the step bits. I was very nervous as prior to this my limited experience has been with typical kits. I didn't want to use a "fancy" blank for this as I was terrified of a few things:
1) Epoxying the parts together
2) Epoxying the blanks together
3) Having the blank explode on me when it was without tailstock support.

Only #2 happened, but fortunately I was able to separate the two blanks. The blank was cut from a olivewood cutting board from home goods or Marshall's. I got a bit thin while turning and hopefully the cap hold up and doesnt chip out. Finish was friction polish and the next time I'm breaking out some Italian acrylics for a go.

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fnfalguy

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Well done, beautiful olive wood, and it wasn't hard was it?
Thanks, and not nearly as bad as I envisioned in my head. Probably go with attempt two in a couple of weeks. Next week I'm heading down to Philly and plan on stopping by the Penn State retail store. That can't get too expensive, can it? 👀
 

Hippie3180

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Thanks, and not nearly as bad as I envisioned in my head. Probably go with attempt two in a couple of weeks. Next week I'm heading down to Philly and plan on stopping by the Penn State retail store. That can't get too expensive, can it? 👀
You'd better take out a loan. 😂 Have fun!
 

Lew

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Good workmanship on that pen. I like the way you matched the grain when it is closed. The friction polish finish goes perfectly with the olive wood.
 

walshjp17

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That's certainly one beautiful pen. Olive wood really stands out when you don't have to fuss with the extraneous hardware in most kit pens.
 

KateHarrow

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Phenomenal job!!! Thank you so much for tagging me so I'd see this - I don't check here enough. This is a beautiful pen. And as a Philly native, please have a cheese steak or a hoagie for me while you're in town
 

Mike

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Very nice pen. As others said, great job matching the grain. I love the olive wood. I bought a home goods or whatever store olive wood cutting board as well. Got some nicely figured blanks out of it.

Mike
 
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