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post #1 of 12 Old 05-15-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Some guys pens

When I saw the Vertex Click in gunmetal in the PSI catalog I knew I had to have one (actually two, the carbon fiber and the denim), a couple of my friends had to have them also. So my weekend project was turning all five. Even though I think of my hobby as woodworking, I've been turning a lot of plastic lately.
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-15-2011, 09:50 PM
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They would be well suited for a police officer...soo I guess you could call them "pig pens"

Sorry couldn't resist. They look great!
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I too bought some Vertex kits and loved putting them together. I bought the gunmetal and the chrome kit. Great kits. Your pens look great. thanks for sharing.
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The denim tube gave me the most trouble with end milling - the denim wanted to fray a little instead of cut. If I were to do it again I might put a drop of CA on to harden it up and make it cut better, don't know if that would work though.
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Those look great!
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Nice

Before I branch out into other pen types, I really ought to finish up some of the slimline kits in the drawer (as in "a few dozen"). Oh, and the 2 Mesa kits with the "scuba diver" laser cut pieces -- my first venture into the more expensive kits.

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In this case the carbon fiber and denim tubes cost more than the actual pen kit. I had the denim one at the office today and it kept catching my attention.
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You mentioned issues with the denim blank, could you sand it square on a sander to stop the fraying? I have almost totally stopped using anything except the sander for squaring my blanks. At least for me I have not ruined any blanks lately.
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I don't actually have a stationary sander, besides using an end mill eliminates any assumption that the tube is perfectly parallel to the blank. Last night I put a drop CA on the little extra piece of denim tube. When I get around to it I'll see if that trims better and doesn't cause discoloration.
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Nice work, thanks for sharing.
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I'm a big fan of the carbon fiber pens. I thought about making some samples and taking them to body shops, or mechanic shops and seeing if they wanted a set.

But alas, I've never gotten to it.


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Those are really cool. You did a great job on all of them. Awesome work.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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