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A couple of tips for turning cast/wood blanks.

11-14-2017 02:50 AM by KelleyCrafts | 1 comment »

If you have never turned a cast wood blank and would like a few tips I wrote a blog post about it. Some of these may seem obvious but to new turners it would be helpful for sure. These tips could be helpful for blanks that aren’t cast wood blanks as well. You can find the blog post HERE. Thanks! Dave

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WoodChick #2: My First Pen in 8+ Years

07-15-2017 12:18 AM by sfhipchick | 4 comments »

My favorite woodworking pastime is turning pens and I’ve turned about 25+ of them back when I was actively turning. That was over 8 years ago, and I was a bit nervous about working on a lathe again. Steve and I picked out a fairly boring piece of wood for me to practice on. Blond Acacia, nothing really going on, and if I killed the pen, no biggy. I would be using one of my new carbide tools. They are quite the departure from usual turning chisels so I was feeling a bit anxious but ex...

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Woodworking Interviews #1: Pen Blank Perfectionist - Zac Higgins Interview

06-01-2016 01:19 PM by CharlieK | 1 comment »

View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in Reno, Nevada because that is where I spent the majority of my life before I turned 18 years old. We left Reno when I was 17 and I visited there again just this past January. I only tell you this to because it was during this trip to Reno when I met Z...

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Kreg Jig Pen Press

12-19-2015 01:39 PM by Chris McDowell | 5 comments »

I’ve been using a combination of a quick clamp and the drill press to press pen kits together. Both the quick clamp and the drill press are awkward to use doing this. I was looking at pictures of pen presses recently and it dawned on me that I could probably use my Kreg jig. It was way easier than using the clamp and drill press. The only thing is that there is just barely enough space to press the transmission, but I found if I angled it at first I could just press a little, then chan...

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Simple Pen Blank Drilling Jig

10-24-2015 01:09 PM by Chris McDowell | 1 comment »

I got a new lathe in June 2015, but couldn’t use it until I was able to purchase some tools in October 2015. I decided to start learning woodturning by making pens. In order to make pens, you have to drill a hole in a blank and glue an insert into the hole. It’s favorable to drill the hole square from one end to the other. You can buy a vise for your drill press made specifically for pen blanks for $50, but I had already spent enough on the tools and couldn’t afford one. I...

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I met Rob Cosman! My first trip to Woodcraft.

10-14-2015 12:11 AM by Chris McDowell | 8 comments »

I went to Woodcraft for the first time ever in order to get some tools so that I can start doing some turning on my new lathe. Couldn’t have picked a better day to go. The entire store was 15% off. Also, when I walked in I saw a group of people standing around a workbench near the entrance. I recognized the dude they were all talking to and realized that it was Rob Cosman, the great hand-tool woodworker from Canada. He’s on YouTube as well. Check him out. Watch the video her...

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Make a Pen Press

06-16-2013 03:19 AM by WoodJediNTraining | 7 comments »

Last week in my video showing my first turning project I showed you a Pen Press I made to press the parts of a turned pen together. I asked if you wanted to see a Pen Press How to video and the overall response was yes. So here you go. This is a great little jig for pen turners and those of you who are wanting to venture into pen turning. I hope you enjoy it. Part 1 Part 2

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My first Turning Project

06-10-2013 06:31 PM by WoodJediNTraining | 9 comments »

For a very long time now I have been wanting to learn how to turn on a lathe. Well recently I was able to purchase a lathe using a Gift card I won thanks to your votes. My first project, wow, well since I am a fan of pen turning, I thought that would be the place to start. So I turned a Bullet Pen. This is a 30 caliber bolt action bullet pen kit and man is it cool. I will be making more of these for sure. I really enjoyed turning and I can see where I will be doing a lot of it in the future a...

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Follow up to last video

01-15-2013 04:35 PM by Rustic | 7 comments »

This is the completed pen. I know you probably can’t see the camo but I thought that you guys would like it.

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The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #24: The most UNIQUE drill press table you've ever seen. Drill, Baby! DRILLLLL!

07-29-2012 07:41 PM by StumpyNubs | 24 comments »

Some homemade jigs just have to be called what they are… stinking amazing. This week we come back from our summer break with a vengance. And the drill press is in our sights once again! We’ve completed the “Drill Im-press Table” by adding some unique bit storage, and some attachments that allow you to turn spindles, knobs, even pens without a lathe. Add that to the innovative X-Y sliding table and milling features, downdraft dust collection, and the microadjustable ...

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