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Woodturner's Red Rose Laser-Cut Inlay Pen Kit Blank

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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.


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(1) Woodturner's Red Rose Laser-Cut Inlay Pen Blank
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Manufacturer Part Number RED ROSE INLAY KIT
Weight 0.0300
Style Other
4.4 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Beautiful completed
July 1, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Made this as a 93rd birthday gift for mother in law.
May 27, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rose Inlay Pen
This was my first inlay pen kit. I make it for my mother-in-law's birthday. It turned out beautiful. She was thrilled! It was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Highly recommended for the nofice inlay pen maker.
April 27, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Red Rose Laser-Cut Blank
Loved it! Easy and beautiful.
May 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
be careful
Overall, this is a great barrel. The parts are cut well and go in place well. You do need to be careful. I ended up writing a humorous article for our wood club about putting this pen together as can be seen below:

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.
May 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
Simple and easy to use. Results were spectacular
April 4, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Simple and Attractive!
These pen kit was easy to assemble as long as you follow the directions carefully. Don't question what they say to do! It turns really well and finishes nicely (I used CA). It has gotten a lot of compliments and I will be buying more.
January 8, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very interesting
Very interesting to do
May 19, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wild Irish Rose
Purchased for my wife for mothers Day, all I can say is she loved it. One of a kind in every way and well made, great fit of parts with no problem during assembly.
May 14, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Gift for mom
My mom loves gardening and I got this for her 89th birthday. It was the first inlay I completed. The pieces go together tough and I had to break a few of the parts to get them to fit. Once finished in CA though you can't see the breaks. I did it with a yellow flower and it came out magnificently, like a work of art.
December 19, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Wife wanted one
Thomas A on Jul 2, 2020
For my wife
Edward F on Mar 1, 2020
Wife wanted one
Thomas A on Jul 2, 2020
Very pretty for a pen
Barbara W on Apr 23, 2020
For my wife
Edward F on Mar 1, 2020
gift for my mom
Thomas H on Feb 21, 2019
Christmas gift for my sister, and making one for myself as they are so pretty!
Bill S on Nov 30, 2018
A gift
Jeff G on Nov 24, 2018
Thought this would make a beautiful gift for my grand daughter
George on May 27, 2018
I think my friend will like it.
Hank W on May 4, 2018
Have done this blank before easy and beautiful
Tom on Sep 24, 2016
Received several orders for this particular laser kit. Made one for in-law, then got several more orders. I've done several of the laser inlay kits. The hardest part is gluing all the pieces in the blank, but I found a trick to turning them without using my chisels which tends to want to rip the smaller pieces. I start with 100 grit sandpaper and just gradually work my way to the bushing with the higher number grits. Works good.
C U on Aug 6, 2016
This is the 5th pen kit that I have made. These kits are well received by the ladies.
Jim B on Mar 10, 2016
I love to give my wife roses! This is a fantastic looking pen and makes for a great gift.
Steven L on Oct 30, 2015
Rose is for wife
Dale L on Jul 3, 2015
Very pretty for a pen
Barbara W on Apr 23, 2020
gift for my mom
Thomas H on Feb 21, 2019
Trout Laser pen kit does it come with ink cartridge pen tip.Everything to complete pen?
george g on Dec 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. The laser cut wood is a separate item. Along with that you will have to purchase a pen kit that is an appropriate size to fit the laser cut wood kit you are buying.

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