||This last glue up is a little tricky. Because of the
diagonal shape the pieces want to slide. I got past this problem by using
the clamp with the yellow pads to prevent the sliding issue. I placed 2
clamps straddling the glue line to keep the pieces flush, and 3 clamps
to actually squeeze the pieces together. It was a balancing act getting
all those clamps in there! But the end result is worth it because...
||...and you wind up with a piece like this! It's now about
11/16" thick, perfect for a pen blank. I set up a fence on my bandsaw at
5/8" and rip the blank into 4 blocks. That's enough for 4 pens or 2 pen/pencil
||The next day after the glue dries, remove the your work
piece from the clamps and clean off any glue that has squeezed out. Then
set up your bandsaw to rip the blanks into strips. You want about 1/2"
to 5/8" of stock to work with on the lathe. I think it's much too dangerous
to attempt this cut on a table saw!