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Jim
03-02-13, 20:32
To make this pen I have used Red and White Corian, each piece is roughly around 150mm in length and 12mm square. I have also used black plastic in between the Corian when I began to glue up.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/Corian_and plastic.jpg

These blanks were bought as you see then; the plastic is cut to fit the width of two pieces of corian when glued together, once all the pieces are glued using medium CA, it looks like this.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/full_corian_blank.jpg

Once the glue has dried it is time to cut the block in half, this is so it can be drilled to fit a 7mm brass tube.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/halved_pen_blanks.jpg

Now is the time to use the sander and square the blank the best you can ready for the drilling. To drill the hole I do this on the lathe as I find that I get much better results cantering the hole.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/drill_corian_on_lathe.jpg

Now using the bandsaw I cut the blanks into squares, these can vary depending on what type of pen you are making, I roughly use between 4 and 6 millimetres as my minimum and maximum.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/sliced_corian.jpg

Once I have cut the squares I run both sides over a piece of sandpaper just taking off any bits of corian from the cutting. Then using turps I clean both edges of the squares ready for gluing. Also I make sure that I run the brass tube through each hole making sure that they are free of the plastic

On this occasion I have built up the squares off-set rather than them being level in alternate colours.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/gluing_pen_blank.jpg

Once each blank is built up I place them in the vice and wait for the glue to go off before I sand off the edges ready for turning


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/corian_blank_.jpg

I leave the blanks to dry over night before I begin to work on them. The first thing I do once dried is get rid of some excess corian, either by the bandsaw like this one (below) or by sanding.


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/pen_blanks_on_lathe.jpg


After I have finished turning the pen I then sand from 240, up to 400. Next I use micro mesh wet and finish it with two coats of Hut Gloss Plastic Finish


http://www.penturners.co.uk/misc/images/1/white_and_red_chequered_pen.jpg

The picture in not to good as it was getting late when I took the picture, you can see the shadows from the trees in the background. :goesred:

Downloadable PDF Below ...

ataylor
04-02-13, 20:09
Thats a good tutorial Jim, and a nice pen. When i turn corian i only place one blank on the rod as i get a lot of wobble with two on it do you know why?

Jim
04-02-13, 21:34
Not sure Andy without actually seeing the issue? Thou it could be that your mandrel is bent, or you don't have it tight. Can't see any other reason why it should bounce. :nooidea:

Jimjam66
07-02-13, 09:43
That's a fantastic tutorial, Jim. Thanks a ton for it. I'm going to try it with some wood blanks and will use 0.5mm ally for the sandwich. Will put up pics once done.

David

Alan Moore
07-02-13, 13:27
yes it is nice and i look forward to seeing it in wood also.

Jim
07-02-13, 20:29
That's a fantastic tutorial, Jim. Thanks a ton for it. I'm going to try it with some wood blanks and will use 0.5mm ally for the sandwich. Will put up pics once done.

David


Your welcome David, i hope it helps you with future pens, look forward to seeing your segmented pen. :bwink:

Old Corky
15-07-13, 13:18
Jim, with your Slimline pens, I really like the slightly larger barrels with the tiny taper on the upper end of the lower barrel to make the center band and upper barrel stand out slightly.
Now a dumb question. On the plastic center bands, Do you glue the plastic on the end of the upper barrel to turn it as one piece or make the plastic center bands as a separate piece? Also, what is the source (type) of material you use for center bands?
995
Thanks Old Corky

Jim
15-07-13, 19:21
Hi Corky, thanks for the comment, This band is glued onto the wood and drilled before turning, the resin or wood center bands i use are added after the blank is semi turned. The plastic that i use is called styrene sheets which are used by model railway enthusiasts ... :thumbs:

turnaround360
15-07-13, 19:35
Hi the wobbly mandrel is probably because of too much pressure from the tail stock.:thinks:

Terry
15-07-13, 19:42
Love the pen Jim and the tutorial!!!!!!!!:thumbs:

edlea
03-08-13, 16:42
Great tutorial ..something to get my teeth into when I get more proficient ..:up:

Jim
03-08-13, 19:30
Great tutorial ..something to get my teeth into when I get more proficient ..:up:

Thanks Ed, that day will come quicker than you think ... :wink:

Davideccroft
04-08-13, 21:04
I bought my first bandsaw this weekend after getting frustrated with performance and safety of my other cutting options in my first few pens so interesting to see an advanced technique made to look straightforward as I start on pen making. I think this could also be a great way to use up multiple tiny scraps of wood and make a Multi origin pen. I keep a box of these scraps and generally use them to start the log burner in the winter. I'm not sure how bad any small gaps would look so guess accuracy in cutting and sanding must be doubly important. I definitely will try this in a few weeks time - a few other projects and work trips first.

Jim
04-08-13, 21:14
I'm not sure how bad any small gaps would look so guess accuracy in cutting and sanding must be doubly important.

David, the glue line will show much more if you don't cut the slabs square ... Those scraps of wood you have laying about the shed make super pens ... :bwink:

Terry
04-08-13, 21:18
David, the glue line will show much more if you don't cut the slabs square ... Those scraps of wood you have laying about the shed make super pens ... :bwink:

David don't believe Jim he fills his gaps with loads of sawdust and CA!!!!!!! lol:face::face::face::face::face:

Terry
04-08-13, 21:22
Thanks Ed, that day will come quicker than you think ... :wink:

It only took Jim 55years!!!!!! lol:whistling::whistling::whistling:

Edward Po
28-09-13, 10:50
Hello Jim:

Very nice and clear instruction. My first lesson in making segmented pen blanks from corian materials. I have friends in Interior design business and they agrees to give me all the scrap or leftover whenever they used it. My problem is that these scrap is mostly very big in size.

Once again thank you very much

Edward Po

rowdyyates115
28-09-13, 22:27
Love the Tutorial Jim,
Between you and Doug I have been stuck to everything today in my garage, trying my first brick effect segmentation - bloody CA...
Have to go around with a chisel tomorrow and release everything from my benchtop 'again' :nooidea::nooidea:

rowdyyates115
28-09-13, 23:20
Hello Jim:

Very nice and clear instruction. My first lesson in making segmented pen blanks from corian materials. I have friends in Interior design business and they agrees to give me all the scrap or leftover whenever they used it. My problem is that these scrap is mostly very big in size.

Once again thank you very much



Edward Po

Edward you could always ship it over to us .... :roflmao::roflmao::funny::funny:

Winemaker
08-10-14, 11:24
Nice pen must try that

paulm
08-10-14, 12:19
Great tutorial Jim, thanks :thumbs:

Nice pen too.

donwatson
08-10-14, 13:04
Thanks for that bump Winemaker. That is a good tutorial Jim and duly saved. :thumbs:

chas_41_uk
08-10-14, 19:11
Oooohhh not seen that before. I might have a go :thinks:
I got a stack of Corian at the weekend, thanks to Jim's generosity :thumbs:

bigbob
02-11-14, 00:45
Thanks for post me just being a newbie have only found out a couple of weeks ago that you could get Corian blanks I know Gibson guitars use Corian as a nut in Les Paul guitars and that was as much as I knew but I will try this sometime thank you for tutorial.

Cheers,

Bob

Penpal
02-11-14, 08:38
Like the idea.

Peter.

Les ELm
02-11-14, 16:08
Nicely done Jim.
Great tutorial too.
:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

Les

wm460
02-11-14, 20:39
Interesting tutorial thanks for posting.:thumbs::thumbs:

woodhacker
24-08-15, 18:28
really like your step by step tutorial just what is needed by us newbys. Will try it out after I get a lot more practice.
:nooidea::nooidea:

bi9johnny
16-03-16, 12:55
very nice and as i love dorian i may give it a go

fortress
16-04-16, 20:06
Thanks for that Jim, I'm going to have a bash with wood and maybe plastic or tin infill.

Penpal
16-04-16, 23:07
Spread over a few years but still current sticky IMHO thanks Jim.

Peter.