Out of the scrap bin
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Captain Eddie had a video or 2 about turning pens that use the guts from a cheap Bic pen (a box of 15 for a buck) so I thought I would try it.

Most of these came from a small piece of cherry that's been laying around for a few decades. Can't throw the stick away because it could be useful some day. Right?


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We do segmented turning, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
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  Re: Out of the scrap bin by SceneryMaker (Captain Eddie had a ...)
Not bad. Cool 

That must have been a long stick..... Winkgrin
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  Re: RE: Out of the scrap bin by Stwood_ (Not bad. :cool:  ...)
(05-09-2019, 08:56 PM)Stwood_ Wrote: Not bad. Cool 

That must have been a long stick..... Winkgrin

When your blank only needs to be 1" square by 8" to 10" long, a stick makes a lot of blanks.
We do segmented turning, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
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  Re: Out of the scrap bin by SceneryMaker (Captain Eddie had a ...)
(05-09-2019, 08:39 PM)SceneryMaker Wrote: Captain Eddie had a video or 2 about turning pens that use the guts from a cheap Bic pen (a box of 15 for a buck) so I thought I would try it.  

Most of these came from a small piece of cherry that's been laying around for a few decades.  Can't throw the stick away because it could be useful some day.  Right?

I did the same thing for me and the vets years ago.  I bought 5 boxes and everyone liked doing it and easy to put new ink in, however they do not quite write the same as the other ones. I also did have to get a special drill bit for it so it fit better of which I think was 5/32 but not sure right now.
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  Re: Out of the scrap bin by SceneryMaker (Captain Eddie had a ...)
When making Bic pens on the lathe be sure to check the diameter of the 'innards' of the pens. The plastic connector - the part between the ink tube and the brass tip - that is pressed into the turned pen varies. The Bic pens I had needed a 17/64" bit where the smaller ones take a 5/32" bit.

Bill
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  Re: RE: Out of the scrap bin by Arlin Eastman ([quote='SceneryMaker...)
(05-10-2019, 11:47 AM)Arlin Eastman Wrote: I did the same thing for me and the vets years ago.  I bought 5 boxes and everyone liked doing it and easy to put new ink in, however they do not quite write the same as the other ones.  I also did have to get a special drill bit for it so it fit better of which I think was 5/32 but not sure right now.

I remember the Bics having a tiny hole near the top so air could get in as you write. Without it I don't think the ink would flow like it's supposed to.
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