Hyrum (15–one of the four Baker brothers) has become quite the woodworker, taking advanced wood-shop and furniture-making in high school. Today a good friend taught Hyrum to turn wood pens on a lathe. Hyrum started from 1×1 square scrap lumber rescued from the trash can: cedar heart; walnut; wormy maple. He drilled the correct diameter hole in the wood blank with a drill press.
After drilling, he glued and inserted the metal tube into the blank. When the glue cured, he “squared” the ends with a reamer, making the blank ends truly perpendicular to the blank length. With the preparations over, it was time to turn the wood on the lathe, transforming the square blank into a perfect round. Using a wood turning gouge and chisel, Hyrum slowly took off the corners of the square, taking the now-round wood blank down to the desired diameter and even with the bushings at either end.
The blank cut to the right size and shape, it was time to make it shine! First came the sandpaper: 150 grit; 400 grit; then 800 grit. Finally, steel wool.
Then Hyrum rubbed into the wood, turning at high speed, five coats of walnut oil mixed with wax.
The finished blank came alive and sparkled with natural beauty!
With the wood finished, it was ready to be assembled with the parts of the pen kit for the final pen product. Hyrum can’t wait to make more beautiful wood pens, and plans to show them soon on his new Etsy account.
Hyrum and I are very grateful to our friend, Paul, for teaching us a new skill.
For more Baker brothers woodcraft, see the Woodcraft page of this Blog and click on any link.