pens, pens, pens

pens, pens, pens

Post by Doug Quinn, CS » Sat, 09 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Hello to the group --

Does anybody know of a place out there where one may find pen kits with
already turned barrels?  I'm hoping to be able to make some hand-painted
pens for Christmas gifts this year, but in order to do so I need to find
a source for wood pen kits that I can simply assemble (as opposed to
carve out of blanks).  I don't have a lathe or much woodworking skill to
speak of, so the kits I've been able to find so far don't do me much
good.  In the perfect world, I'd be able to find somebody who sells pen
kits with plain wooden barrels that I can prep, paint and seal myself,
then simply***or otherwise assemble the various pieces together into
working rollerball pens.  (I'd prefer rollerballs, because that way I
have both the cap and the body for painting area -- and plus there
aren't any moving pieces for me to mangle, not a small consideration.)
I'd even be willing to buy the kits, ship them to someone who can turn
the barrels, and then have them forwarded back to me, if need be.  I'd
pay bucks up front or swap for one of the painted pens at the end,
whichever works.

Anbyone have any suggestions?  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Olla allay!  Doug

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pens, pens, pens

Post by Gary V. Deutschmann, S » Mon, 11 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>Hello to the group --
>Does anybody know of a place out there where one may find pen kits with
>already turned barrels?  I'm hoping to be able to make some hand-painted
>pens for Christmas gifts this year, but in order to do so I need to find
>a source for wood pen kits that I can simply assemble (as opposed to
>carve out of blanks).  I don't have a lathe or much woodworking skill to
>speak of, so the kits I've been able to find so far don't do me much
>good.  In the perfect world, I'd be able to find somebody who sells pen
>kits with plain wooden barrels that I can prep, paint and seal myself,
>then simply***or otherwise assemble the various pieces together into
>working rollerball pens.  (I'd prefer rollerballs, because that way I
>have both the cap and the body for painting area -- and plus there
>aren't any moving pieces for me to mangle, not a small consideration.)
>I'd even be willing to buy the kits, ship them to someone who can turn
>the barrels, and then have them forwarded back to me, if need be.  I'd
>pay bucks up front or swap for one of the painted pens at the end,
>whichever works.
>Anbyone have any suggestions?  Any leads would be greatly appreciated.
>Olla allay!  Doug

How are you at simple gluing?
For our discounted line of pens, we were using ultra-thin veneer's of
*** woods over a simple poplar veneer base.
We used 1/16th inch thick poplar veneer steamed and rolled over the
brass tubing, then over that we rolled a steamed veneer of 1/51 inch
thickness.  
The completed veneering was then rolled in nylon sleeves to dry.
Once dry, the unit was soaked in clear-cast polyester resin for about
3 minutes, removed and hung vertically to allow excess clearcast to
roll off.  A thin film remained which set and hardened to leave a thin
clear film coating on the pen.
Normally we would discard the top 3 to 4 inches and the lower 6 inches
of each 8 foot long veneered unit.
The product is ready to use after about 4 hours drying time, although
we would allow the plastic to cure overnight, so as not to make
scratches when cutting the barrels to length.

TTUL
Gary

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