Making Wooden Pens and Gifts

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Think you'd like to try your hand at pen making? Making wooden pens and gifts is a lot of fun and very addicting. It's not as hard as you think, you just have to do your homework and you'll be churning them out before you know it.

The easiest way to start is step by step....take 1 small step at a time and before you know it you'll have more wooden pens and gifts than you know what to do with. I'll make a list here of all the tools you need to get started first and then the steps to take to make the pens. I'll keep this as easy to read as possible by breaking it up into small quick read pages with links to the next.

So here are the steps required and links to each page to start making wooden pens and gifts of your own pens.

The first step is to gather the required pen making tools to start on your new hobby. Remember these tools are not only for making pens & gifts but for protecting your health and body parts as well. I'm not trying to be your Mom, but she was's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Trust me when you get around a group of woodworkers some of the injury stories will scare the novices off. I've tried dumb things myself and paid the price before learning to just take my time and be careful...much better in the end!

The 2nd step is to decide what you are going to make whether it be a simple pen, wine bottle stopper, key chain, dart set or many other unique handcrafted wooden items. Most people start with the simple 7mm slimline pens. That's where I started and was pretty sure that's all I'd ever make. I was flat out wrong, after doing a few you start getting addicted and want to try more and more pens and then all the rest of the cool stuff you find in the catalogs. (Not really a link for this step...just a decision.)

The third step is to determine what kind of exotic wood pen blanks or other exciting materials you want to use to make your pen or gift. This can be a little overwhelming but when you are just starting out stay with common (cheaper) woods, you're going to make mistakes.

The fourth step is preparing the blanks for the desired kit.

The fifth step is pen mandrel setup of the wooden blanks on the mini lathe.

The sixth step is when the fun we're carving some wood and watching the chips fly!

The seventh step is sanding the turned pens to perfection.

The eighth step is applying a brilliant finish to the wooden pens so they'll last and look great for years to come.

The last step is optional if you are making them for yourself but a must if you plan on selling or giving as gifts. This step is finding the perfect display case for your item.

Now like I said, I know this is a very brief overview of the steps to making pens & gifts but if I tried to put all this on one page it would seem to go on forever. This kind of puts it into small chapters format which is much easier to read and digest.

I really hope you enjoy this hobby and start making handcrafted wooden pens and gifts for yourself and your family and me you won't be disappointed. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them on the form below, I'd love to help you get started or just hear your stories! Now lets head to that workshop and turn on the mini lathe.

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