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Woodturning - Making a Cocobolo Pen

11-13-2015 06:32 PM by Chris McDowell | 2 comments »

I got a lathe in June 2015. It’s a Rikon mini lathe. For more on it, watch this video. Anyway, It sat unused until October 2015 when I was finally able to purchase some tools. To learn how to turn, I am starting with pens. I got everything I needed to make pens and have made 2 on this lathe. The first two pens I made were at a friend’s shop. He invited me to check out his shop and showed me how to turn pens. I knew then that I needed a lathe because it was just fun to turn out a completed project from scratch in such a small amount of time. I’d like to get into segmented turning at some point… I found out after this video that cocobolo wood is toxic. It can ...

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