So this morning after coming home from am routes, I decided to try out the new $14.00, Home Depot Special, combination mitre box and saw. I normally would wait until the weekend buuuuuut I had to walk through the garage and...it called to me.
A week ago a friend of mine gave me some extra blanks that he had and they have been sitting on my bench and today I decided to cut them up at a 45degree angle and just try to reconstruct a pen blank out of multiple wood. First thing I noticed right away, the plastic mitre box is NOT going to work for any kind of multiple pen assembly line and I just don't have the upper body strength for multiple pen attempts. Second, I tried to put it together with CA (superglue) and as it slipped in my hands I realized that I wasn't wearing gloves OR apron. My finger prints should return sometime in the next year and I now have a new pair of "painting pants. "
All this considered, I will need to buy a belt sander and fill in the gaps with CA but, the first attempt looks better than I thought it would.