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  1. christopheralan

    maple and walnut pen

    Very nice! I have a ton of cutoffs and scrap and I need to do some glue-ups to start making those. Thanks for posting!
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    Lowes, Kobalt Hand Tools 50% Off

    Awesome! Thanks for the heads up!
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    Survival Kit

    This is a survival kit I made for a Boy Scout who has been helping me with the Cub Scout group I am in-charge of. I didn’t want to do something that he would hang on the wall for a few years and forget about. I wanted to make something that he would say, “Heck yeah! This is Cool! I am gonna use...
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    Pinewood / AWANA Derby Cars

    Here are the ones we did this year. Each took a best of show in their divisions: Thanks for looking!
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    Playing with colors on pens...

    Thanks guys! I used CA for the finish. A bit of color came off with the first few applications, but not enough to affect the color. To make the antler pen float, I just used a plate of glass at an angle over the background, and played with the shaddows to get the effect right. I have been...
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    Playing with colors on pens...

    I have been wanting to play with some colors for the pens I have been working on. I have looked into some of the stains, dyes, and food/clothing color things out there, but then I remembered the power of a sharpie! No mixing, no waiting, no mess, no fuss! I used mahogany in the first pic, with...
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    My first turning

    Dude, that is nice! Well done!
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    Ordance Chief Desk Plaque

    Desk plaque made with an oak base, beech and walnut 40mm rounds, and a bomb made with walnut, rock maple, mahogany, padouk, and purple heart. A 50cal pen is also included. Also a desk clock... Thanks for looking!
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    Is a Pen Press worth having?

    Hey guys. Is buying or making a pen press worth the money or time to make? I have been using my vise so far, but I am thinking about getting or making one. What do you say guys? Are they worth it? thanks!
  10. christopheralan

    Book/DVD Deal at The Wood Whisperer...

    Hey guys! Marc Spagnuolo aka the Wood Whisperer, just finished his first book and is offering a pre-sale with a free DVD! This is a great deal but I don't think it will be lasting for long. Here is the link: I just ordered mine, and I...
  11. christopheralan

    Home-Made Chainsaw...

    My take on a classic gag. Thanks for looking!
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    Any idea where to get 3-4" dia bamboo?

    My friend at work wants to make a tikibar and I am unable to find bamboo suppliers. I am in Eastern NC and would like to stay local. Thanks in advance!
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    New to wood working

    Thanks man! Camp Lejeune gets their domestic wood (they don't sell exotics) from these guys: They have a bunch of good stuff, domestic and exotics. I have never shopped there (I order most of my wood), but from what I hear, they are good people.
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    New to wood working

    Do you have access to Camp Lejeune?
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    New Woodworker

    Welcome to the sawdust pile! I work on Lejeune and a good friend of mine, a great carver and air-brusher, lives over there. Good luck with the "honey-do" list!
  16. christopheralan

    Rite in the Rain Note Pad

    A notepad? This isn’t just any note pad. This is the All-Weather Notebook from Rite in the Rain. If you are not familiar with Rite in the Rain products, prepare to be amazed. This is the ultimate in weather-proof writing and note taking. Does it work while damp? Yes. Does it work while wet? Yes...
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    Freshly turned purpleheart and CA...

    Hey guys. Maybe a dumb question, but here goes: Will CA prevent purple heart from turning purple? I am thinking it won't but I am not 100% sure. Thanks!
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    So, after ten years of woodworking...

    ...I turned my first pens. I have no idea why I waited this long. :dontknow: I did 4 slims and 2 .50 cals. Awosome time. I had to grind a spade bit down to a 7mm (forgot to get one...) and my pen mandrel was the wrong size (1/4" not 7mm). Oh well. Still had fun. Thanks for looking!
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    8” Bionic Wrench by Logger Head Tools

    This is the 8” Bionic Wrench by Logger Head Tools. It is one of the coolest tools I own. Thanks to innovative design and engineering, it automatically adjusts to any size hex-head fastener from 7/16 inch to ¾ inch and from 11mm to 20mm. This had Super Hero Belt status immediately. Being a...

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