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Discussion in 'Turning Critique Forum' started by Ralph Muhs, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Ralph Muhs

    Ralph Muhs Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Getting started. Much to learn! Going to make more, with different woods and different styles. @Schroedc is in trouble! Soon to lose his place as the most prolific!

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    looks like youre on the right track!! everything looks like its meeting up good and well turned!! good job!
     
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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Very nice grouping Ralph! Tony
     
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    Very nice! Think you've caught the bug! Chuck
     
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    Looks like a pro...can't be because of @ripjack13 tutoring :headscratch2:
     
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    Great job Ralph! Looks good from here....
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Lookin good Ralph! What are you using for finish?
     
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    Schroedc Apprentice Saw Maker Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Good looking pens there!

    Although on the prolific thing.... Are you buying kits 1000 at a time yet? :sarcastic: (That's just the top box of the last order there)

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    TimR Sawdust Engineer Full Member

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    Nice start Ralph...good to do a few similar at a time, and that's a great kit to upgrade from slimlines.
     
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    Nice group of pens. Great job on them.
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Nice work! Now you're ready to make six friends really happy and still keep one for yourself.
     
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    I think Ralph has natural talent for making pens. Nothing to do with anything others have done,:taunt::texas::old:
     
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    Ralph Muhs Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Humm! What kind of deal can I find for 900000000000000 pens?
     
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    Ralph Muhs Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    IMG_0096.JPG Three more. Walnut, sassafras, cedar.
    So, why does the ball not retract completely? And yes, I learned why I need spare barrels! Ruined two.
    Criticism and suggestions welcome
     
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    DKMD Sawbones Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator Full Member

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    Nice work, Ralph!

    If you're overly aggressive with the barrel trimmer, it can cause the tips to stick out when retracted. I know an idiot in Oklahoma who used the wrong tube one time which led to the same trouble.

    Critically speaking, it looks like your barrels may be a little proud of the hardware on the end near the tip. If you're using CA to finish, it can build up on the bushings which can lead to oversized barrels... learned that from the same idiot in Oklahoma.
     
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    Ralph Muhs Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Yup. It happened.
     
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    I agree with the Doc's assessment. It doesn't look like it has a CA finish. Make sure you are flush with bushings and then use calipers to make sure the fit is right. Good work :good:
     
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    Ralph Muhs Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Kay says I will get discouraged and quit. But I am not discouraged yet. I need to order some kits and do some more. These pens don't weigh much and my old knees can handle them.
     
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    Schroedc Apprentice Saw Maker Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    I'm going to agree with everyone else, Looks like you trimmed them back a bit too far, there is a fix for that though, Take the refill and with a razor blade shave a bit off the plastic piece at the top. It'll shorten the refill, OK to do on pens you're keeping or giving to someone that will come to you for refills but if for sale or a job, I'd disassemble and start over. I'd also recommend taking a bit more time at the ends, make sure to get flush with the bushing (Without sanding the busing down or gouging it with your tools, that' really shortens the life of bushings and then you end up with the opposite problem, a bit under sized then)

    I still have the first 1/2 dozen pens I made (Or my wife has them, same effect) I had the same issues starting out, all it takes is a bit of practice and then you'll be turning 5,000 a year!
     
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    Schroedc Apprentice Saw Maker Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Order the Mesa from Woodturningz.com It's very similar, their customer service can't be beat and their prices are pretty decent! If you give them a call, I usually talk to Patrick or Fritz, if you get Ryan, He's the owner. All are really decent guys.
     
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