I wanted to make some improvements to the pen so I made a few changes. First, I changed the wood from pine to maple. Pine is very porous and absorbed some of the coloring I used. Maple has tighter grains and sanding to 600 grit reduce that from happening. I also replaced the red and purple colors to make it brighter. I made larger grooves in the wood to make painting easier and cleaner reducing bleed over. Slowing the process improved the quality also. There is still room for improvement but I’m very happy with this one.
Pen 1: Pine
Pen 2 Maple