Woodturner's Red Rose Laser-Cut Inlay Pen Kit Blank
Capture the beauty of a Red Rose forever with this Laser Cut Inlay Pen Kit Blank! Includes laser cut pieces you assemble like a jigsaw puzzle. Designed for Manhattan Chrome, Manhattan Gold, and Elegant Manhattan style pen kits only, sold separately. For easy-to-follow directions (including color photos) on applying the CA finish to your pen kit, see the article "My Simple CA Finish" by Colin Nelson.
- Fits Manhattan Pen Hardware Kits (Sold Separately)
- Difficulty Level (1 Easy - 5 Hard): 1
|Manufacturer Part Number||RED ROSE INLAY KIT|
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Pen Making Investment
How much would you pay to make a pen for your mother-in-law? Consider this is a
sweet old lady that really appreciates when she gets gifts. Consider this is for a Mother’s
Day gift. Remember too that you are new to pen making and you are learning a whole
new woodworking niche of using a wood lathe. The investment made is also part of a
learning process that provides good experience with inlays for pens.
Normally a pen kit cost around $10 and a blank is maybe $5. Put those together and you
have a grand total of $15. Not bad for cost. You could go really fancy and double the
pen kit and blank cost for $30. That’s a nice pen. You could also go to Office Depot and
get a really nice pen for $30. However, it would not have the magic of a pen made-just-by-you-for-her.
I decided to go the custom route. I wanted to make something special so I bought the inlay rose barrel from Rockler.
This barrel is $24.99. This is a fine piece with multiple pieces made up of a rose, stem and a number of leaves cut with a
laser. The Manhattan pen kit that goes with the barrel is about $7. So, in the end the pen will cost $32. This total is a
fine sum. You can make the pen and it still won’t be more than a big bouquet of flowers.
But things happen along the way. I managed to get the inlays in place. But when I was squaring the end of the barrel on
the drill press a big chink broke out the end ruining the barrel. This is what makes woodworking frustrating. This is why
old men curse in their workshop. Why walking away and turning out the lights to the shop and taking a nap seems perfectly
Bea is a sweet mother-in-law. It’s not her fault I broke out the end of the barrel. I’ll buy another barrel and be more
careful. Another $24.99 please.
I put the inlays in place. I square the end. This time I use a disc sander instead of the drill press. It’s perfect so far. I
mount the barrel on the lathe. As soon as I start to turn it and I touch it with the gouge, a quarter of one of the leaves
pops out and disappears down the vacuum. Now there’s a hole in the barrel. Stronger language at a high volume has
never been emitted in my shop. You can’t buy individual leaves. You have to buy a whole new barrel kit. However, this
time there is an alternative. If I can remove the same leaf out of the original barrel I ruined I may be able to use it in
place of the missing one.
Using a Dremel rotary tool proves to be less than worthless. It chews the wood and gives no precision to the cut. Instead,
I use my scroll saw and managed to take out a section that contains the part of the leaf I need to replace. I manage
to get the right piece carved out and put in place of the missing leaf portion.
Lots of superglue later, the leaf portion is in place and the barrel is turned, lacquered, and assembled with the pen kit. I
figure getting the leaf in place saved me $24.99. Never mind that I had to buy two barrels for that amount.
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