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How To Make A Pen With Coloured Pencils

How To Make A Pen With Coloured Pencils

How To Make A Pen With Coloured Pencils My name is Dan Rees from Zebrano Wood
and in this video I will show you the process I used to make a pen with coloured pencils
on my lathe! To begin the project I glued up my pencil
blanks. These pencils are hexagonal in shape which
made the glue up easy. I simply lined 7 pencils up and stuck them together one at a time with
a boat load of super glue. I made sure that each pencil was stuck flat
side to flat side and the shape of the pencils actually made them fit together nicely. When the two sets of pencils were glued up
I used my scroll saw to slice them down into smaller sections. Then took the small sections and glued them
together to form my pen blanks. I made sure that each blank was 10 pencils tall so they’d
be large enough for the pen kit. I filled any small gaps in the pencils with
super glue and left them to cure. Next I prepared the blanks for drilling by
trimming the edges and sanded the tops flat. I set up the drill on my lathe to make a holes
through each blank and then glued my brass tubes into the holes. To get the tubes flush with the edges of the
blank I used a barrel trimmer. Coloured pencils are evil and tricky to work
with so I decided to do the large majority of shaping on the sanding disk. This was time
consuming by I got a nice rough shape without breaking any pencils. To finish the shaping I mounted the blanks
on a pen mandrel and sanded them through a 120 grit. Again this took some time but I
didn’t want to risk breaking my blanks with over zealous chiselling! After shaping I sanded the pen blanks up to
a 600 grit to make them smooth and cleaned the grain out with a little surgical spirit. To achieve a shiny, durable finish I used
super glue or CA glue finish. With the lathe running slowly, I applied a few drops of glue
to each blank and rubbed them in quickly with a piece of paper towel. I applied 6 coats
in total and sprayed a little bit of super glue activator in between coats to help the
glue cure quicker. Before finishing I’d lathered my bushings
with beeswax to prevent the blanks getting glued to them. This worked pretty well but
I ran a sharp craft knife between the bushings and blanks just in case. With my finish applied I polished the blanks
with sand paper, working progressively through finer grits to get an even, shiny surface.
The final grade was a 12,000 grit and I then used some plastic polish to bring out the
shine! I assembled all the parts of the pen in a
vice, slotted them together and then offered a prayer of gratitude to the gods of wood
turning! All in all this was a tricky pen turning project
but the final piece looks awesome! If you liked this video then and want to support
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in the next one!


Great video. I made one of these a few months ago and didn't think to use the sander. I had to keep sharpening the chisels to stop the pencil leads popping out. It's interesting how few people guess what it's made from when they see it.

Made one today, followed your suggestion with sanding only. It came out great, many favourable comments from those following my penmaking… 2 orders so far.

Made bowls using pencils but never made a pen blank, think I will give it a go now you have showmen me.Thank you.

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