For the second part of my two-part tutorial, here is how I make a Celtic Knot in my pen blanks using my new jig.
1. Pen Blank (Curly Eucalyptus from woodturningz.com)
2. Walnut veneer (planed down to thickness of saw kerf)
3. Alumium Foil
4. 1 min epoxy
5. Celtic Knot Jig (See previous tutorial)
I then took the pen tubes out of the bag and laid them out on my pen blank. I want to get an idea of where this Celtic Knot will be placed. Since my blank is so long, I am not too worried about the knot placement.
I marked a “1″ on the pen blank to identify my first cut. Turn the bank 90 degrees, and mark “3″. Turn the pen 90 degrees again and mark “2″. Turn the blank 90 degrees one more time and mark “4″.
Put the Celtic Knot jig on your table saw, and place your pen blank by the saw blade. Make sure the blade is slightly lower than the height of the pen blank. You do not want the entire piece to be cut off so the glue ups are easier, and you wont have to worry about perfectly lining up the two pen blank pieces.
Aluminum foil is definitely optional, and I believe my quality would be better if I skipped this step. If you want to add foil accents, Just adhere the foil to both sides of your veneer using epoxy and wait 5-10 minutes to cure. When its done curing, cut the excess foil off with a razor.
Take your pen blank back to your jig and make another cut, but this time with “2″ facing up. After the cut, epoxy your foil wrapped veneer in the slot, flush cut the excess and sand. Now you are ready to make another cut on your jig, but this time with “3″ facing up. Epoxy your veneer in place, and continue your last cut with “4″ facing up.
As always, my thoughts.
- You may notice midway through my cuts i added another clamp. I added an extra clamp because the stop block moved on me a bit, which may screw up my “perfect” knot.
- I first tried adhering aluminum foil to my veneer with CA glue, or super glue. This worked for my first blank, but my second blank ended up falling apart when drilling a hole for my pen tube.
- I am not going to wrap my veneer in foil anymore. Not only is it barely visible, it packs out my veneer a bit which makes it too tight in my saw cut slot. My blank is a bit warped now due to the veneer being too thick.
- As stated before, I do not plan on writing a tutorial on turning a pen. There are tons of tutorials from individuals who have been doing this for years. I will however show my finished pen off when i am finished turning & applying CA glue.