(it’s a bit late, sorry)
First of all yes I am aware of the supposed meaning behind that song, that meaning obviously doesn’t apply here. Anyway, on with the update.
- Pen making update
So what has gone on this week? Truth be told I am struggling to remember, it has been a long week for me.
First of all I have finished the pen I showed off last week and I think it looks quite good. I finished off the other one that I was doing for a client out of the same material too. Here they are uncapped. I am keeping the one with the black ends for myself. On that note the material is an acrylic called Tiger Eye and the black parts are ebonite. When this pen was a success I ordered a bunch more thin sticks of ebonite that I can use for the same thing. When they arrived it dawned on me that I don’t have to stick to black to do the end bits. I have a bunch of uses for all of the cockup offcuts, at last!
Talking of cockups… I had a big one this week. Thing is it was entirely 100% my fault. I had the blank in the lathe and I needed to turn it down to a cylinder. I think I was rushing. So I had it in there, I had run the centre drill to make a seating for the live centre and I had put it in place. I turned on the lathe and wound it up to the speed needed (around 1140 rpm). I moved the tool in to start turning and disaster. The blank skipped out of position and the centre was no longer seated in position. The blank shifted to a diagonal position and the tool began to rip through the blank, at that point the lathe stopped turning and a warning noise sounded so I hit the emergency stop. So what did I do wrong? First thing was that the live centre wasn’t seated deep enough in the blank so any movement would cause it to slip out, second I didn’t tighten it up into the chuck enough there seemed to be a little wiggle room, third I had the wrong tool in the post at the time, instead of the roughing tool I had the left finishing tool. What was the result? A mangled blank, here and here. What have I learned from this, something I should have been doing all the time, double checking everything and only starting the machine when I am happy with it, and try not to rush through things. Yes I am an idiot, please if you are reading this learn from my mistake it could have been a lot worse.
The last thing is I managed to use the blank I almost ruined in the story above. I started to make a pen for a client. They wanted a relatively small pen 120mm long. I said I would give it a go. So far so good as it turns out. Here is the barrel tiny right? Then I did the section, this one gives it a bit of length I also shaped it. I managed to make the cap this morning. I am getting quicker with sections and caps, takes me 40 minutes to make a cap and the same to make a section.
- Pen making guide
I have started work on the part which involves making the section. It’s not ready to go up yet I might work on it this weekend.
I am working on putting up examples of all of my pens and their designs on my website now. I am being a bit ambitious but that is the way I am. It’s coming together just a little slower than I would like.
Any comments good or bad feel free to leave them here.
That is it for this week. Have a good weekend.