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12-12-2014 11:53 PM

Dry wood blanks - 5 replies

I buy wood blanks online and have them shipped to my shop. Sometimes I get really dry wood, mainly Purpleheart and Bloodwood. When I go to turn them, they splinter and chip. I have a sharpening machine for my chisels, and I only have this problem with Purpleheart and Bloodwood really. Even when I use an oblique cutting technique with a super sha...

08-05-2014 11:06 PM

Laser carver/Cutter for pen engraving - 5 replies

I have been turning fountain pens on the lathe, and while the wood portion is very nice, the lower end pen kits leave a bit to be desired. I have been looking into getting a laser engraver to do some filagree designs or something nice in the side of the pens, and recently a customer asked for names engraved in the clips of her pens for a wedding...

04-23-2014 06:56 PM

Sears Dust collector problem - 7 replies

I recently bought a house with a 17 by 13 wood shop in the back, and the previous owner left most of the tools and things there for me to have. He ran vacuum tubes along the wall and hooked them up to a Craftsman dust collector, the upper and lower bag type. It has a 4 inch hose at the machine, but the guy put 2.5 inch pipes on it for the whole ...

03-28-2014 05:40 PM

Drill bit set for pen making? - 14 replies

I have been branching out into different kits, and I have about 5 different sets of bushings and drill bits. I was wondering if someone could refer a specific set of drill bits that include the most common pen sizes? Or am I overcomplicating things and any good set has those sizes?

02-26-2014 10:49 PM

Looking for source for African Blackwood with sapwood still on it. - 15 replies

I am making pens and other items with 6 inch blanks from bell forrest right now, but they purposely cut off all of the sapwood before selling it. This irritates me to no end because the contrast in the two wood types is amazing! Who cares about a simple black wood? It’s the grain and contrasting beautiful tan sapwood that would make a turn...

12-14-2013 11:08 PM

Pen Blanks Splitting - 17 replies

Hello there, I bought a few of the Bullet Pen kits from PSI, and they have been great. Unfortunately, five of my pens split on me, including one I already sold to a customer. I am going to replace his pen free of charge of course, but I wanted to see if anyone had any tips or pointers on how to reduce cracking and breaking. The tubes on these...

11-29-2013 07:48 PM

Question: Wood Pen Blanks on West Coast - 8 replies

I have been ordering my blanks from Bell Forrest, but it takes about 5 days to get here from the east coast. I was wondering if anyone has a line on a good supplier with reasonable prices on the West Coast. I am looking specifically for exotic wood pen blanks (Purpleheart, African Blackwood, Olivewood, etc…), 3/4 by 6 inch. Has to be 6 inc...

06-28-2013 03:01 PM

What finish to use for crochet needles - 7 replies

Hey all, I have a few friends who want me to make them some crochet needles because the popular brand costs 60 to 70 bucks. The problem they typically have with the needles is the tip gets a burr in the laminated finish, and yarn starts to stick to it. I am solving that problem by pre-drilling the stock before turning it on the lathe, and I&#...

02-02-2013 04:08 AM

Work surface that's resistant to wood glue. - 47 replies

I have Googled a little bit about this, but I figure since this forum is specifically for woodworking, why not pose the question here? I am building a cutting board gluing jig, and I was wondering if anyone had some advice on the work surface for the best medium to use that will be the most resistant to wood glue sticking. I am thinking plywo...

12-28-2012 09:47 PM

Thick viscosity, dries like glass finish? - 11 replies

Hello all, I built a rocking bench from plywood so the grain of the ply shows across the seat of the bench, and on the hand rails. I know any kind of thinner finish, the wood will just drink it and ask for more. I am looking for something with the consistency of honey, that dries clear and looks like glass and can be sanded and buffed to a...


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