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Making A Barber Pole Design Pen

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Before I start making the barber pole design wooden pen the block has to be made. Select two contrasting woods, I like to use sapelle and sycamore or maple. Rip on the table saw to approximately 6mm for the bands on the pen, these will appear larger when cut at an angle for the segmented design,

Ripping Stock To Size On The Tablesawby about 32mm high and the length depends on the size of the block you want. By making the strips 32mm I can use for pens or razor handles. Ripping stock like this on the table saw can be wasteful with the saw blade producing a 4mm kerf so you could either use a thin kerf blade or rip on the bandsaw and thickness on the planer.

Before gluing the strips together roughly line them up how you want, but if you stagger the edge of each one by about 5mm from the one above you will reduce wastage even further. Dont forget to add the triangle marks for alignment when gluing up.

Gluing The Block Up


once dry rip to size on the bandsaw for the size of blank you need. You can use hand tools for all the rough sizing of

Cutting Blanks To Size On The Bandsaw

the strips and blanks if you want but personally I prefer to save the hand tools for my finer wooden crafts.

Once the blanks are cut to size and the ends are squared off head over to the drill press. In this picture I have blanks for three barber pole pens and a razor handle so its best to put a number on each side of one pen blank with a line

Drilling The Pen Blanks For The Tubes

across the centre of the blank for alignment and orientation when you get to the lathe, if not things will  get confusing very fast as to which part goes with which. All the best pens have the grain running through the pen across the centre band, this will be even more noticeable on these segmented designs and highly figured woods.

With the parts drilled and tubes glued in place and left over night to dry, no point in rushing or you will just spoil things. For wood pens I use polyurethane glue, for corian its superglue and for resin pens I use a two-part epoxy.

Razor Handle On The Lathe Waiting To Be Turned

With the razor handle or pen blanks mounted between centres with the proper bushes its just a matter of turning to your prefered shape and style.

The Same Handle Turned And With CA Finish Applied

Above is the same handle turned and with the CA finish applied. There are other finishes available but waxes and friction polish wont offer any long-term protection, the warmth for your and will melt the wax within a couple of hours use so CA is my prefered choice for durability even if it does take time to apply properly.

With the pen barrels turned to shape it's just a matter of assembling all the components. 

With The Wooden Pen Parts Turned Its Just A Matter Of Assembling The Compon 

 And finally the finished segmented design barber pole pen.

Segmented Barber Pole Design Pen

and the Mach 3 razor handle

Mach 3 Razor Handle





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