Pen Turning newbie!

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Blog entry by interpim posted 01-31-2009 03:53 AM 1573 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this isn’t really much of a project, but the start of a bunch of projects LOL.

I just recently purchased this pen starter kit from Penn State Industries
Penn State Starter Kit

And got a set of blanks

Now, what do I do? I should receive everything sometime next week, and I have never turned a pen before.
Do I need anything special besides what is being offered in the kit? do I need special bushings for each kit I want to make, or do those come with the kits when you buy them?

Hopefully i’ll have a long list of completed pens soon, and will be able to answer these questions for others.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 04:15 AM

You can start by going here

then here


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 02:09 PM

The DVD included with the kit will give you a good start, so I’d suggest watching it first. From there, it’s a matter of practice and experimentation.

The kit you have will contain everything you need to start turning. For pen kits other than those included with the package, you’ll probably need a set of bushing for each type of kit. Be careful, it’s an addictive hobby.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 02:23 PM

DIDO Russel. Watch the video first. I personally know the guy who made the video as he worked the woodworking shows about the same time that I was working them. I learned a lot from him.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 04-10-2009 05:24 AM

Hey.. I’ve seen this post is already 69days old…
Did this kit work for you..? Did you buy any major materials..?
Because I’m planning to but the starter kit too… Please… Any info..? Thanks!
It would be of great help.. ^_^

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#5 posted 04-10-2009 05:25 AM

edited.. ooooopppss.. Sorry for double posting…..

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