Build part 2 of the lathe duplicator series. For free plans for this duplicator and for more on how I built it, see here: http://thiswoodwork.com/router-lathe-duplicator/
This is assembly day … one by one, I assemble and test the pens. I use a pen press I bought a couple of years ago from Grizzly. Note the numbered wooden blocks being used for spacers. This pen press actually has a Bristol Lever (ratchet handle) that can be used, but it got cracked at some point, and broke while I was just starting to assemble a batch of pens, so I knocked out the wooden spacers to get by until I could get a replacement. No local suppliers stock metric levers and knob...
The first order of business is to clean up the ends and mill the blanks. Here, another jig comes into play. The polyurethane glue oozes out and bubbles on each end, so I load three pens (6 blanks) at a time into my little milling jig, clamp the package into my end vise, and go after them with my pen mill. Note that the pen mill is a cutting tool, and must occasionally be sharpened. I sharpen mine about every 25 or so pens … sometime more depending on the stock my blanks were made of....
The first time I turned a pen, I think it took me a little over three hours. That was in a class with 11 other students and a very patient instructor (THANK YOU, Duane Hill). The next couple of pens went a little quicker, and as my skills improved a bit, I became more confident. So much so that when the local AAW affiliate I belonged to back then undertook a commitment to turn pens for active duty troops serving overseas, I decided to step up to the plate and do my part. It was then tha...
For a Pen Maker, the #1 Power Tool to have is the LatheThen the other tools are essentials, important and so on ….! The Business case made for my Atelier, Garage or Turning studio had7 key variables • Space• Quality of the tool• Flexibility• Price• Not Made in China• Solid (less plastic as possible) • how to save floor space Space constrains cannot affect the quality of the work so choosing betweenStandalone power tools Vs a Shopsmith took months to make a decisi...
Shopsmith Vs Delta 46-460 Lathe Rev 1 After years of research I decided to add to my tool collection a Mark V shopsmithwith several updates like extended table, Table legs Band Saw and Jointer. During this past 2 weeks I have been working in the Restoration or cleaning of my Shopsmithand now it was time to put it to the test As a Pen Turner the important thing are : Accurate Drill Press and Flexibility power and speed controlon the lathe plus several other variables The Delta 46-4...
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Build part 1 of the lathe duplicator series.
As many of you have seen I do dye on wood. I use the Trans tint dye from Woodcraft. I dye many burl pieces as it helps to bring out the character of the wood. There are many ways to apply dye but I like to put it on right out of the bottle. The first coat is the base coat and it goes on rather strong, out of the bottle. I will let it dry and then go back and sand the entire surface with 400 grit. In doing so I will sand back certain areas almost back to the wood. These will be the ar...
Long Story short…. I started my turning hobbies or Carrier using a inexpensive 80%plastic and 200% made in China lathe form Canadian Tire (local store here in Canada) After developing and advancing in my turning techniques I decided to move forward with a better latheand my choice was the Steel City Variable Speed Midi Lath This lathe was great for me, my turning skill improve to the point that now I was investing in sharpening tools jigs and better turning tools….the dow...
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