Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Setting a Standard

My thoughts are this: If I'm going to try and pursue any sort of woodworking business, having a few standard items that customers can choose from would be a good way to start. These next few posts will include a few design ideas for a standard set of Cigar Pens.

I consider the Sapele Cigar Pen the classic or standard cigar pen. Since this was the first style that I had started using and it's just got a nice warm comfortable look to it. I can see that just about anyone could use this style pen.

Sapele, also known as African Mahogany, has a nice rich brown color to it. I've modified my finishing technique slightly on the set that I made tonight. With these, I sanded with 220 and 320 grit sand paper. I then applied a coat of BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil) and wiped off the excess for a total of three coats. I then upped the speed of the lathe to the range of 2500RPM and rubbed the pen down with 0000 steel wool. The final step is to wipe the pen of with a tack cloth. This gives the pen a nice sheen.


Anastasia said...

Darryl, this pen looks really great I have to say though that I like the blue and white one a little better but I love the color blue. They all look really nice I did not know that you were thinking about starting a woodworking business. That is great!! You do amazing work!! :)

Darryl Masterson said...


the business idea is more of a long term goal than any sort of imediate project. but I figure if it's something I want to do, I should do it right from the get-go.