Segmented Wooden Pens

Making Segmented Wooden Pens

Two Hybrid Segmented Wooden Pens
Two Hybrid Pens

Well, I am back with more to say about wooden pens. Since the last blog among all the other segmented work, I think two ballpoint pens stand out. The first is a hybrid pen. Although it is simple in design it, needs a little effort and patience but so does anything worth doing right?

The plan was to make two of these pens one for stock and a pen gift commission. These segmented pens in the photo have both gone within the same week proving popular as unique gifts.

Prepping Pen Blanks
Prepping Pen Blanks

The acrylic and wood are both cut at 45 degrees either on the table saw using a sledge or on the bandsaw. It will help if both are the same diameter, so the blank can be drilled true. Once cut it is just a matter of glueing them up using either super glue or epoxy. Then when glued just drill as you normally would.

The First Hybrid Pen Nearly Finished
The First Hybrid Pen Nearly Finished

Turning the blank can cause problems with the different densities of the acrylic and wood. The ball point design is popular enough that I will explore the design possibilities with different woods and acrylics. These hand crafted hybrid pens are available in the pen shop complete with pen box and the perfect gift for anyone who loves wooden crafts.

A Different Wooden Pen

Segmented Wooden Block
Segmented Wooden Block

The second wooden pen is a proper segmented design with lots of planning and forethought. The segmented wood block uses five kinds of wood with various colours for the effect I was looking for.

Knurled Pen With A Segmented Design
Knurled Pen With A Segmented Design

The strips where 5mm by 22mm the length is up to you and depending on how many times you are going to cut into the block for re-glueing. 22mm was the first mistake I now think it better with a size of 26 or 28mm. Too much material was lost through planning and thickening, I was just able to make this pen and it will also work for a European but not a Sierra. The pen’s cut from this block will each look different depending on the cut and grain orientation.

As there are no plans its just trial and error what works for you. I have more pens to come from the block but will tweak the next block with the lessons I have learned. As I said in the first blog you may not like something you have made just because it did not go the way you had it planned in your head.

Two Segmented Pens For The Price Of One

Two tone segmented wooden rollerball pen on stand

Once you have the 45-degree crosscut shed from the first pen then more possibilities open. The sledge can make the Celtic knot design or this one.

Glue two contrasting blanks together with hot melt glue or wood glue with a paper joint. Mark the blank with marks for orientation. Divide the blank up into four sections then make the cuts. If cut on the bandsaw you may have to clean up on the disc sander but only lightly. Break the glue joint and reassemble the parts, glue back together. Once finished you will have a positive and a negative that can be used for a matching wooden pen and pencil set.

All of these pens come with a presentation gift box, these and much more available along with the other wooden crafts from the pen shop. Between now and my next update I plan to do some intarsia work so please subscribe to all the updates.

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