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  1. I have a laser engraver. It won't engrave all woods, but will do most of them. 90 bucks. Was well worth it.
  2. I have my first commission and originally, I couldn't have been happier. 60 designer twist pens, engraved with their company logo, in Brazilian Cherry. Sounds great right? Until it went from 2 months to completion, to three weeks. Now in all honesty, If I worked anything the even resembles a normal schedule, this wouldn't have been an issue. However, my day job is 14 hours a day, five days a week, so everything had to be done on the weekend. Needless to say, I am just wrapping things up, and got to turn something other than the same pen over and over. This is one of the commissioned pens. And a few just for fun. I know I don't post a lot, But thank you ALL for all of the vast knowledge I have gotten from this site. I haven't been doing this long, and I absolutely love it.
  3. 6.97 a bd ft for us common folk up here in Wisconsin. Yahuh. Thankfully I have 100 bdft that is just about finished drying, in the house in TN.
  4. I'm using this laser and the funline designer twist pen. I presented the customer with the option of a single tube, he prefered the twist in the middle option. The kit I use only uses one small tennon, on a single bushing.
  5. Consider yourself blessed. I work 70 hours a week. I only have assigned rest days because after 20 years, I have enough seniority to hold a job that only works 5 days a week. I spent 18 years working on call, 24/7/365. Missed to many birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas's etc.
  6. I have been a train conductor for 20 years, the last 10 has been working passenger service in and out of Chicago. The deal all started with a regular rider purchasing one of my pens. It just goes to show that the best advice you ever hear about starting out making money selling your work, is have some of your work handy all the time. You never know when it will turn into something. I hope that these sixty pens lead to other orders from other people. Each pen will come in a plastic tube, with my business card. If nothing comes out of it, I had fun, and some of my hobby paid for itself.
  7. Since this is where it all started. Monday I signed a deal to make 60 pens for a company that will give them away as closing gifts on a deal they are doing. Brazilian Walnut, Each one laser enscribed with the company name. $50.00 dollars a pen. 6 weeks to deliver. This weekend I cut 70 pen blanks, 1x1x5. Measured and cut them all to appropriate halves, drilled 35, Glued in 35 brass tubes, Barrel trimmed the ends, and then turned 15 pens. Now Im laser enscribing them. Next week I will put the finish on them, and turn 15 more. Oh god, What have I done! I will post some pictures when I get some finished.
  8. AS Just Bob said, Warning, Warning, Warning.... Danger Will Robinson. Pen turning is HIGHLY addictive.
  9. Been away for a bit. Busy with holidays, and catch up, etc. I made a pen out of bullhorn, and antler. Gave it to a buddy for Christmas. (added a pic) Your absolutely right about antler and bullhorn smelling terrible. Kinda like a tooth at the dentist. I use a facemask whenever I am turning. Here are some pens I made this weekend.
  10. And my second attempt. I have learned a lot by reading, such as how easy it is to modify a slimline pen, once you get past the idea of the small center ring. The second picture is a slimline pen I turned out of deer antler. Sorry for the bad picture.
  11. Had a blast. Wife already claimed it. Made from scraps of cherry.
  12. My guy in kenosha, (just over the IL/WI border) charges 35 dollars an hour. But you have to take it to him.
  13. Im sticking with the notion that he should let me just come and get it. Then he doesn't have to worry about sticker, v. Non sticker, or how to stack it. I will eliminate ALL the hassle. See what a great facilitator I am?
  14. I have already painted the ends. I will restack it all when I get it down in TN. I was thinking about using ratchet straps, instead of weighting it down, like it is now. Im going to be putting it in the house, where the humidity is controlled. Im not in a big enough hurry to incur the added cost of kiln drying. I can wait.
  15. You should let me come get it, so you don't have to worry anymore. LOL
  16. Everyone loves squeaky cheese.
  17. I have a 5 bedroom house to furnish. Currently working on night stands out of Cherry, with walnut faces on the drawers. Next will be a TV console for the bedroom, also Cherry and Walnut. 2 Night stands, a sofa table, and finally a bed. Unfortunately I only get about 5 days a month to be in TN, where my shop is, and I have to share that time with the Mrs. (She is certainly worth it, she does let me store all my wood in the house after all.)
  18. I have had very limited success with finding wood on craigslist. The 500 bdft of Cherry was a once in a lifetime deal. Recently I found two 16 inch wide, 6 1/2 foot trunks of walnut. If I did the math correctly, measuring out what I could square up, it came to roughly 160 bdft. I paid 80 dollars. I found a local tree service that also does milling, He charged me 35 dollars to mill it into 4/4 slabs. So all in, im at 115.00 dollars for 160 bdft of walnut. It is now stickered, stacked, and the ends are painted. It is sitting in my garage in Kenosha, but will be transported down to Tennessee over the next couple of trips. I will sticker, and stack in the house down there. I weighted it down after I took the picture. Added pictures, because without them, it didn't happen. LOL
  19. HA! We didn't have computer in highschool. We had "drafting". Pencil, ruler, that kinda thing. I didn't own a cell phone until I was 30. Wow, now I feel old. I need a nap.
  20. I have 500 bdft of nicely colored cherry. Lot's of it has curl in it as well. If your ever in Tn, you can take some home with ya.
  21. I really don't understand people's dislike of sap wood. Personally, I like it. It makes the wood look like it is flowing. Dave, you did an awesome job on the bed. I can only hope when I finish mine, it looks as good.
  22. Hello Joe, and Jordan. Kettle Moraine hardwoods, about ten miles over the Wisconsin border is by far superior to Owl. They have every imaginable wood you could want, there prices are posted online. I live in Kenosha, and they are my only source, except having tree's milled. Trust me, it is worth the trip.
  23. I agree. But I would at least like to be able to keep the headstock? from bending outward. Just wondered if anyone had braced it with angle iron or possibly remade the head unit housing. ETc.