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1st Pen - Critiques Wanted

Discussion in 'Turning Critique Forum' started by Steve in VA, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. Steve in VA

    Steve in VA Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Finished up my first pen last night. I wanted to get more practice on some blanks, but I decided to do this as a gift for an Uncle that's turning 80 next week, so time was running out.

    He was a high school shop teacher, Navy diver, and spends a lot of time now volunteering at their church.

    I decided that the American Patriot pen with Bethlehem olive wood would be very fitting.

    I'd appreciate any constructive criticism and advice on how to make it better.

    Given that he's turning 80, I'm betting that he won't see the little things that I do...LOL!!

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  2. Eric Rorabaugh

    Eric Rorabaugh Member Full Member

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    Nice! Nice! Nice! He will appreciate it.
     
  3. jasonb

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    Great looking first pen! Your Uncle will be thrilled. My only critique is what appears to be a slight fitmant issue near the centerband. I cant tell if it's from squaring of the blanks or something else. Maybe others can provide a more useful direction. Overall very well done, and something to be proud of. I still use the very first pen I turned and it's not nearly as finished.
     
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    Nice looking pen. I am sure he will love it.
     
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    Well done
     
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    TimR Sawdust Engineer Full Member

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    Very nice! Nothing stands out to me. Hard to tell if what @jasonb pointed out is fit issue or just rounding of the metal parts. I’d say it will be well received!
     
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    Congrats! Outstanding job for a first effort. He will love it, especially since he was a former shop teacher! Chuck
     
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  9. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Good looking pen Steve! I'm with Jason, minor fitment issues around the joints are the only problem I see there. Common problem until you get in the groove turning pens. Looks way better than my first, I can tell you that! Also have to wonder what happened to the beautiful olive grain on the top half of that one side??
     
  10. Steve in VA

    Steve in VA Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Thanks! I don't have a pen press so did it on the lathe. It seemed to work ok but I was afraid to press it too hard. In not sure if that was the issue or it's a squaring problem, but the there is a slight gap that I can see when up to the light. It's also slightly concave as I had a scratch, and by the time I sanded it out the design was changed!

    And yes, the grain on that one side all but disappeared once turned. That's why I arranged the clip on that side.

    Overall though, I'm fairly pleased for the first one. I wish I had time to do a few before making a gift for someone, but nonetheless I think he'll appreciate it.

    Thanks for the feedback...on to the next one.
     
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  11. rocky1

    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Could be either or both Steve. When using a pen press there is pretty good pressure applied, but most such problems with fit are a result of being not quite square or the tube protruding ever so slightly. Number of options to take care of that or if turning between centers, dressing it ever so carefully with the tip of your skew works.

    Slightly concave works with that kit.
     
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    Nice pen for your first pen. I love olive wood.
     
  13. Patrude

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    Looks like you're on your way to some great pen turning. This is a fine job. Nicely done. Just a hint to get the ends to look better as they meet the metal fittings. Get hold of a "dead center" and finish the pen between centers without the bushings. Turn close to bushing size but leave a bit of thickness for sanding and finishing. Good luck with your turning
     
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