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Comments Welcomed: My second segmented pen

The blank has 5 random curves in it. Sapele and Maple. It turned really easy and there were no gaps like my first attempt.
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NICE! Did you make the pen blank or buy it?
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NICE! Did you make the pen blank or buy it?
I made it. Took a a few hours......cut, glue, clamp, wait......cut, glue, clamp, wait......cut, glue, clamp, wait
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Very, very cool. Can you give more details about how you did it?
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Very, very cool. Can you give more details about how you did it?
I took some pics of it.....I will post later. In a nustsell make a blank (I made it 1" x 1" so that it would be easier to cut).

Use a scroll saw to make the cuts. A bandsaw left lines which would have to be sanded and you end up with small gaps which are not noticeable until it is turned.

I just did the curves on a scroll saw. I used veneer for the inlays. Glue the inlay in and use lots of clamps. I was paraniod about gaps so I used tons of clamps. Hindsite being 20/20 I would have used my vise.

Let dry and cut again.......repeat on both axis.
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Wow, very nice piece. :)

Is this pen for sale and/or do you sell these?
I sell them. This one was not commissioned so it is still available.
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Thanks for the additional information. I want to do that on a peppermill blank. I wonder what could be done to eliminate the ridges made by a bandsaw?
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looks good. maybe have a hard time getting your time back out of it but well done
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The only way to eliminate the ridges from a band saw is to use a scroll saw.
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I hear ya, but I don't think a scroll saw will cut a 3" thick peppermill blank.
But, I love what you've done and I'm determined to copy it for a peppermill.

There's got to be a bandsaw blade that can cut smooth enough, right?
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I hear ya, but I don't think a scroll saw will cut a 3" thick peppermill blank.
But, I love what you've done and I'm determined to copy it for a peppermill.

There's got to be a bandsaw blade that can cut smooth enough, right?
Wouldn't a blade with a higher TPI leave a smoother surface?

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I hear ya, but I don't think a scroll saw will cut a 3" thick peppermill blank.
But, I love what you've done and I'm determined to copy it for a peppermill.

There's got to be a bandsaw blade that can cut smooth enough, right?
You can sand it. Just make sure it is even. Any gaps that would not show in a cube will show up in the blank. Possibly
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What kind of finish do you put on your pens? I just got started in pen turning and have been exploring finishes, but haven't found one I'm totally satisfied with yet.

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You could make a router template to trim up the bandsaw cut. Flipping the template over should yield identical 1/2s.
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What kind of finish do you put on your pens? I just got started in pen turning and have been exploring finishes, but haven't found one I'm totally satisfied with yet.

Will
Hi Will
I've been using a CA finish with great success
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I took some pics of it.....I will post later. In a nustsell make a blank (I made it 1" x 1" so that it would be easier to cut).

Use a scroll saw to make the cuts. A bandsaw left lines which would have to be sanded and you end up with small gaps which are not noticeable until it is turned.

I just did the curves on a scroll saw. I used veneer for the inlays. Glue the inlay in and use lots of clamps. I was paraniod about gaps so I used tons of clamps. Hindsite being 20/20 I would have used my vise.

Let dry and cut again.......repeat on both axis.
You really should do a blog build to show your process...nice work.... very clever

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Thanks for the additional information. I want to do that on a peppermill blank. I wonder what could be done to eliminate the ridges made by a bandsaw?
A spindle sander and a light touch, to make sure that you dont alter the curves while sanding. Stoning the bandsaw blade would also yeild a smoother cut, but you wouldnt be able to cut as tight of curves

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