Turning Two Pens / Tourner deux stylos

Un bloc de noyer à tourner maintenant et un autre de bois de putumuju à tourner plus tard en présence d’une amie qui aimerait s’y initier.

A walnut blank to be turned now and another from putumuju wood to be turned later in presence of a friend who would like to get into it.

Normalement j’évide le centre à la perceuse à colonne, mais pourquoi au tour cette fois-ci.

Usually I bore the center on the drill press, but why not on the lathe this time.

Je vérifie si le foret est assez long, et il l’est.

I’m checking if the drill bit is long enough, and it does.

Le bloc tourne et le foret est fixe.

The block spins and the drill bit is still.

Je dois retirer le foret fréquemment pour dégager les copeaux.

I must frequently retract the drill bit to remove chips.

Ma main a frappé le foret parce que je n’ai pas reculé la poupée mobile assez loin pour le changement de bloc.

My hand hit the drill bit because I didn’t push the tailstock far enough to swap blocks.

Pourtant mon bouclier (lien) était juste derrière la poupée mobile !

Nevertheless my shield (link) was just behind the tailstock!

Je trouve cette combinaison de couleurs fantastique.

I find that color combination awesome.

Je  vais fixer les tubes dans les blocs avec la colle CA. Les gants jetables sont indispensable pour une telle tâche.

I will secure the tubes into the blocks with CA glue. Disposable gloves are indispensable for such task.

Puisque la colle doit sécher un certain temps, je vais m’occuper de ceci immédiatement.

Since the glue must dry for a while, I will take care of this immediately.

Quelques heures plus tard, j’arase les blocs jusqu’aux tubes de laiton. Notez le gant essentiel.

Few hours later, I mill even the blocks down to the brass tubes. Notice the essential glove.

C’est ici que les lignes de crayon sont utiles pour retracer le flot du grain de bois.

Here the pencil marks are handy to trace wood grain direction.

Un fil de fer (lien) appuyé dans les rainures alors que la pièce tourne à haute vitesse brûle la surface pour produire ces anneaux attrayants.

A steel wire (link) leaning into the slots while the workpiece spins at high speed burns the surface to produce those attractive rings.

Je ponce jusqu’à 2000 grains.

I sand up to 2000 grit.

Ce fini est produit avec la colle polyuréthane. Oui, polyuréthane ! Une bonne goutte à la fois sur un linge de cotton.

That finish is produced with polyurethane glue. Yes, polyurethane! A good drop at a time on a cotton cloth.

Je procède à l’assemblage avec les directives et ma presse à stylo maison (lien).

I proceed to the assemble with the instructions and my homemade pen press (link).

Un cadeau pour un être cher.

A gift for a loved one.

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Always be careful and Happy Woodworking !

10 Responses to Turning Two Pens / Tourner deux stylos

  1. Ed Wagenaar says:

    Those are really nice pen barrels with distinctive burn marks. Now how can I get a cross check pattern?


    • Serge says:

      Thank you Ed. When you start burning marks on the lathe you become addicted. For a cross check pattern you better be very patient though. Lol


  2. Paul says:

    You know I pass out at the sight of blood, what’s life without a few nicks? I have to try that ring burning, have made several pens, but not with accent rings, nice touch. Thanks, Serge and stay safe!


    • Serge says:

      Thank you Paul. Go ahead and try ring burning, it’s easy, quick and attractive as you mentioned. Be aware that you will be temped add such rings everywhere! Lol
      By the way, I got to try using a guitar strings, think different sizes. Must be great too.


  3. anatole M says:

    C’est du bel ouvrage comme disait notre défunt président, bravo.
    A pluche.


  4. Mark Butler says:

    Serge, I don’t do any turning but I learned a great tip using the welding gloves while holding that small block of wood. The pens turned out (pardon the pun) beautiful.
    Cheers Mark


  5. Justin Gasal says:

    Serge, near the end you said, “That finish is produced with polyurethane glue.” Did you mean CA glue? I’ve used CA glue to finish, but most polyurethane glues foam up and would be very unattractive.


    • Serge says:

      Justin, it is polyurethane glue. I saw someone using it few years ago on PBS TV program “Ask This Old House” and I decided to give it a try on this pen. A good drop on the cotton cloth goes a long way while the pen spins (mine at 1250 rpm) getting into the pores as I move the cloth back and forth. Same technique as CA glue. I came back twice later and buffed it with heavy crunched brown paper, as I often to. I had in mind to wax the pen, but since the finish was so shiny I decided not to do. As far as I know polyurethane glue foams in presence of moisture/humidity, and I believe that while spinning friction eliminates it at once.
      I hope that info would be helpful. Because of your question, I’m glad I shared that finish on the pen.


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