How to Make a Handcrafted Wood Pen


Turning pens can be a rewarding experience. From having the pride of knowing that you made something with you own two hands is something. But being able to use it on a daily basis is priceless. With there being a lot of different styles of pens, there is always something new you can do.

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Picking a pen style may sometimes be difficult. Especially when there are hundreds of different styles of pens. It all depends on what kind/size of pen that you desire. Whether you choose a Twist, Click, fountain or rollerball. You need to figure out the size of the pen tube.

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There are multiple types of woods that can be used to make handcrafted pens. You can use domestic woods such as oak, maple and ash. Or you can use exotic woods to make your pen more interesting

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Keep track if the tubes in the kit are different lengths and how they are oriented when turning and assembling the pen.

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Once you mark the blank use a bandsaw or any other type of saw to cut the blank to the length of the brass tubes

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Figure out what size bit the pen takes.

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Drill a hole through the blank while trying to keep the bit as straight as possible

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Apply CA glue to the brass tubes and insert the tubes into the blank. Make sure the tube is inserted all of the way.

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Turn the blanks to your desired shape till they are just bigger than the bushings to allow fine tuning while sanding.

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Using grits varying from 80 to 400 grit, sand the blank to where the ends are flush to the bushings.

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Making sure to keep the blanks the same way. Install the blanks back onto the mandrel with the CA bushings instead.

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Set your lathe to approximately the slowest speed that the lathe you are using can go. (anything above 200 rpm)

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