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Of cutting of the wood here so now we’re ready to go and take a look at our cutting tools. There are various cutting tools that can be used to turn these pants they come in different sizes and different styles and. But a lot of this is a matter of personal preference this one is a gouge it looks like a half of you there’s a skew that can that some people preferred for finished find cutting and. 

Other people prefer around those tool you’ll have to kinda usable who experiment see what you like best but for the pen making. I found that. God will do put everything you need to do. So. When you said before you start cutting get this to arrest adjusted the height of it so that. So that when the tool is level on the tool rest you’re just about center on the on the mandrel.

 And again a quarter inch away turn it by hand to make sure your clearing the to arrest I put one finger index finger in this group on the to arrest I put my thumb over the top and I slide my whole body back and forth when I’m cutting I don’t just move my hand back and forth and I prefer to start. 

In toward the middle and work toward the end to come back and work toward that end work towards each and instead of starting on the end there’s less chance of the tool the again and at the first you need to do small cuts don’t cram missing in there try to take big cuts because you’re working you’re going to be hitting the square corners.

You need to get those knocked down around and then you can take a little deeper cuts if you want to. So let’s turn it on and I’ll show you what we’re doing together beginning cut. And coming back going that way. Before you before you begin cutting I should have mentioned I watch it to inspect these tools and see that there’s no god didn’t know.

Knicks no bad spots on on that they are in fact sharp tools and more people get hurt with all tools and they do a sharp tools so if a tool looks like it’s got a been damaged or is not sharp let me know well what will happen if need be as you cut. 

The way on this would blank your total rest is going to be further and further away from the from the from the wood so you may need to after you get each piece down to about the same amount you may need to then stop pollution or to arrest and slide it in. 

Keep it within an eighth of an inch of a camp. When you’re turning this band when you get the begin to get down close to being pretty thin. You need to be just leave enough what so you’re just a little bigger than the mandrel than these but the spacing of the bushings about on a matter of just leave the board a little bit bigger than those so get out of be careful take real small cuts when you get down that close because there’s not much sickness there this was very good week. 

On especially on the ends where this pen goes together you want to try to be the same on each HM and just a little bit bigger than the. Then the bushing again the stuff in between then you can do pretty much what your water maybe I’ll put a little a little place here for your finger rests on this one. The rest we can be pretty much the size it is. 

And we’ll be ready now to. Begin standing. Once you have the shape that you think you like every pen will be different you have a lot of leeway on on designs on these before you send you need to remove this to arrest flooded back out of the way take this off. And put it aside but be sure to put it back on there when you’re done. 

So the next person have the use now that you’re Tourette’s is out of the way I’ll be giving you some sandpaper that’s in 3 or 4 various grades of coarseness start with the course just wanna give you and progressively work down to the finest what until you’re standing is is you’ve done and and the project looks smooth and feels nice so sending is done. 

Coarsest one. Use the the strip on the bottom edge. With the door about away. It is he working through these grips until you get all of the tool marks from the because we got to go about. Just keep working with down to get where you want it. Now that we’ve finished carving this down the shape we want and we Xander that were ready to begin a flyer finish. 

When checking the sanding job never checked this field for small those Wallace running Chevrolet about what for to stop and then you can then you can expect to see if there’s any scratches laughter makes your set your have your satisfaction you’re happy with it. To. To put a finish on this then there’s 2 types of finishes that are used primarily there are 3 or 4 there’s a paste. There’s a liquid there’s a solid wax blacker type finish as a matter of personal choice I most of the time use the liquid finishes heat.

The sets the harms the the the finish so before you use this. Liquid finished I want to take a paper towel covered up the bed of the labor and the and the motor case any of this liquid drips down onto the other the motor will make make a mess so this. 2 coats of this is what I found to be best. You need government square piece of soft cloth. Clock. 

But the. The finish with a little squeeze bottle is easy to apply. But your your friction Polish on till it’s covered. Stand back to the side of Voyager on there be some excess flipping off as another for the paper towel. Then with a couple thickness of this blog on the bottom edge hold on and go back and forth until you feel would be coming through on your finger this is the heat the pardons up this is the the heart of the Spanish. 

And so what some pressure on that. There’s people on there so you get this thing set up from the. You’ll feel it starting to burn on your finger when it’s hot enough. Yeah it doesn’t take long. You can see the gloss starting to appear now. Okay. The microphone was a little out of position when I began to talk so quick review before use the liquid Polish put paper towel down covering the bed in the at motor apply the finish liberally status side when you turn it on. 

Hold the clean rag on the bottom edge until you feel heat generating and there’s a good Bloss shows up and do that till about 2 coats and then you’re done ready to assemble remove your pan from the lave loosen the locking lever on the back of the tail stock slide it away from the mandrel. There’s a bar. You’ll need goes in the end of the week. The headstock tappet hang on to the mandrel so doesn’t go fly and hang on to this and tap this and this will come out. Then you’re ready to disassemble. 

The parts of your pen from the mandrel so that you can assemble the workings of the path. Unscrew the locking that careful not to lose these bushings. Side up here. What business put the bushings back on the mandrel. So they don’t fall on the floor roll away. In the first thing you need to do this press these pieces together is the you need to get the look we’ve got the parts of your package need a little pointy end. 

And it goes on the end that you’re going to be riding with. Close in Melissa are put in this way and repressed in their several types of presses on the market there’s that are made for pens there’s one that works like this you put to bed in here press at the end there’s a system several variations of this type and there’s a quick grip bar clamp like this one that I use. Just a personal preference. So. It just this this started in here.

 And school is this on now when you do this you madam be careful that you’re pushing this straight end don’t go sideways with it and. Press that point in. You wanted delivery bottoms out. The next piece is the twist mechanism. It’s got an indentation identification I indent mark on it that goes the brass and goes into the other end. And. That mark is about how far you need to push this into the path. 

If in making this you’ve made your would blank a little short left a little long that may need to be adjusted on how far this goes in so don’t push it all away in it to begin with you while showing the second you want to test that to see that you’re. Your ink. Refill is about the right depth so I’m stopping just a little before. 

A little before that and identification in Denmark but the refill and twist it all the way in and see and in this case it looks like I’ve got to go a little bit more I want to point out a little further than it is so I’m going to squeeze that down a little bit tighter. 

Now I want to be careful at this point not to go too far. Tested again. That point sticks out about the right amount the next part that goes on is a little rain the little ring goes over next over the twist mechanism just slide it down. Then your red set that aside you ready to put the clip on. This clip his head is optional if you want to put in your pocket or not you can put the clip on or you can just put the end cap on without it. 

That can be pressed on or can be hammered on I prefer to test tap it on but you gotta be careful don’t hit it too hard get a soft face mallet and just. Tap is down in the place god knows. You got something like that line up the grain so they they kind of match. Ed push this cap onto on your pen in there. You have a finished product. 

Twisted just extend twist to retract. And there you have a completed project now look for you. Take this project home to show your mom what you’re made. All the tools return to the tall rack you’re cutting tools the pet mandrel goes back to the instructor. And make sure you put your total rest back on the label. 

Get a brush clean up your scraps of mass to put everything in its proper review garbage receptacle before you. Hand in your project for grading. To emphasize that. Following the instructions is very important this is not a difficult project of the instructions are followed but if you get out of sequence you can work yourself into a corner and be difficult to to correct the problem so stay in in in of sequence of the instructions and I’d like to let you know that these pens are available in various styles. 

OSTs very on the pens this is one of the cheaper pens it’s modelled after a cross pen which is a very expensive been on the market there were they right well it’s for 24 karat gold plated they’re nice gift and you can spend as much money as you want to on some of these bands if you can get more complicated ones you can put really exotic woods into but we’ve chosen this one is a basic beginner pan and it’s a nice looking band when it’s finished so. Hope you’re happy with your project.

David D. Hughes

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