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The Pen Turner's Corner: Hidden or Recessed clips
By Don Ward

For: Intermediate Turners


In a previous article I outlined how to make a pen with many of the parts made from wood. The clip end had a wooden finial and the clip ring was exposed on one example and hidden in a recess in another choice. I really like the hidden clip look with only the clip itself exposed. How else could this be executed other than cutting a recess in the end of the blank, cutting a relief slot for the clip and then plugging the end with a finial made from wood?  There is another method to “hide the clip” or “recess the clip.” The clip is not actually hidden, so I consider recessing the clip a better choice of terminology. Only the finial ring is hidden or recessed inside the pen barrel.


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