Osage Orange Modified Funline

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I received a chunk of osage orange from my son-in-law who searches for it in our area (Western NY). He uses it to make archery bows. He not only learned this bow-making skill through his American Indian family lineage but also uses his bows and hand-crafted arrows to (very successfully) hunt deer. Note: He also is a source of deer antler for future pens. This chunk was found some time ago and has been in dry storage for quite a while so it was very dry. I shamelessly made this pen for him to assure the potential of more FREE pen making materials. I wanted a natural look (no CA) so I sanded to 1200 grit and applied three layers of Dr. Kirk's Micro Magic Polishing Wax (red/white/blue). I discovered that the gold color in the grain shows quite nicely with only the polishing wax.
 

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Nice looking pen !!

I assume since there is no center band that the whole body pulls off in order to change the refill .
In order to allow that to happen, what hole size did you drill through the "lower half" of the body, please ?
 

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Nice looking pen !!

I assume since there is no center band that the whole body pulls off in order to change the refill .
In order to allow that to happen, what hole size did you drill through the "lower half" of the body, please ?
Saw this modified process on wonderful youtube by a few people. You are correct on the transmission/refill replacement. Blank length is the size of both tubes plus band (not used). Glue upper tube only. Lower tube gets tip and transmission that is then pushed into turned wood. Upper tube holds and turns mechanism. Now for drilling this long/single blank - I used a regular length 7mm drill (too cheap to buy long drill bit) and carefully use drill press from both ends. Was off slightly but got lucky. It works!!!
 

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@henry1164

Thanks for your reply. . I was not sure that a 7 mm diameter drill bit would adequately do the job, not for length reason but for diameter.
(It is a long time since I made a slimline pen.)

You would know this already : drilling a rounded blank from both ends is more accurately done on the lathe but it is a process that requires some care. . A regular length drill bit is actually better than a long one to minimize wandering of the bit. . When I do this I even start the drilling with a stubby drill (at both ends) in order to get the drilling "off to a good start".

Just thought I would mention this (and ask the question in prev. post) for the benefit of anyone who wishes to try making such a pen.

I prefer the look of the long blank without the center band. . I do this often, especially with the PSI Slimline Pro, which uses 8 mm brass tubes, and because of the larger drill size the drilling process is probably a little bit more accurate.
 

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Thanks for your reply/info. I am with you on the look of more material (wood, acrylic, etc.) vs. the metal of the kit. I look forward to using this technique on the PSI Slimline Pro.
 
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