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Blog entry by mot posted 07-31-2007 09:30 PM 2627 reads 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks,

WayneC posted a great blog entry on Turning a Pen with outstanding instruction and resources. Using Wayne’s blog and resources, I started turning a few pens and have found a lot of enjoyment in a quick little project in the shop. I have limited shop time and while I stall on a large entertainment centre as a feature in our home theatre, as well as trying to find the time for the summer entries, I’ve been spending some quality time with my lathe.

With the help of WayneC’s blog, and with an inability to goad him into doing a video (he actually had legitimate reasons but I love my petty torments,) I’ve done a video on basic pen turning of a slimline pen kit.

Thanks for looking and please contribute to the LJ Cyber Skillshare program. I’ll be gather up some resources and info for a Howto podcast on setting up your contributions. I’m going to demonstrate from both a Windows based PC side and the Mac side. Stay tuned for that feature in the next couple of weeks.

Tom

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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WayneC

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#1 posted 07-31-2007 09:35 PM

Any more goading and I am going to have to drop $500 on a video camera instead of a bandsaw or a performax sander….lol I’ll watch the video when I get home tonight. I’m sure it will be up to your normal high quality standard.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-31-2007 09:37 PM

the visual is a nice addition to the written tutorial. Now I can watch the video and take the notes into the shop with me.. well, that’s if I was going to actually make a pen that is.

Well done Tom and Wayne.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 07-31-2007 09:41 PM

Hear hear! I actually dusted off the pen kits because of Wayne, and although I have turned a hundred or so pens, learned something from this CSS offering. Go Lumberjocks! Hurrah Wayne and Tom.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 08-01-2007 01:35 AM

Thanks for this… having made some of these recently I was easily able to follow along, and picked up a couple of great tips!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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WayneC

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#5 posted 08-01-2007 04:54 AM

Great video Tom. I really like your spindle master. I’ll have to look into getting one of them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#6 posted 08-01-2007 05:42 AM

Thanks guys. Once you get the hang of the spindlemaster, it’s a VERY slick tool. I was telling Douglas about really hating the thing when I first got it. I gave it all of about 3 minutes to formulate that opinion. Then I took a closer look at it, watched a video or two of the tool in action and then spent another 4 minutes with it. It’s now the go-to tool for finishing cuts between centres. It has the finesse of the skew and the ease of a 1/2” bowl gouge. It’s really a nice tool to turn with. The sorby site recommends just honing the top of the tool. I’ve had better luck grinding the bevel.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Moose

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#7 posted 08-02-2007 07:46 PM

That’s great Tom! I’m inspired to go out and start pen turning! Great gift ideas.

Anybody have recommendations on a relatively inexpensive lathe? I’ve used them in the past but never owned. I’m in the Toronto area (East side) so have access to a fair number of makes and models. Let me know what you’d recommend.

I’m also going to figure out a workshop configuration that lets me have a monitor, keyboard and mouse on/near my work bench. You guys are full of great inspiration and would be great to be able to surf in the shop.

Scott

-- Scott, Pickering/Ajax, ON

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 08-02-2007 11:35 PM

there’s a big woodworking machinery show coming to Toronto in October…. maybe you’d see a lot of options there.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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WayneC

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#9 posted 08-03-2007 01:48 AM

Scott, it depends on what you want to turn. I have a Jet mini lathe and an 1940s delta. The jet is great for small projects.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#10 posted 08-03-2007 02:48 AM

Scott, depending on your proximity to your main computer, I put a keyboard monitor and mouse in my shop using a CAT5 KVM extender. So I run my display off the secondary display on my graphics card, then run a secondary keyboard and mouse in the shop. The whole mess is connected with just CAT5 cable. Saves alot of headaches as the only thing worth any money is the monitor. I used this one: LINKAGE=

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 08-03-2007 08:52 AM

Another great video presentation, Mot! Thanks.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 08-03-2007 11:36 AM

Tom, have we seen pictures of your monitor/keyboard setup?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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mot

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#13 posted 08-03-2007 04:24 PM

Debbie, nope. I’m going to blog the process and the setup once I get placement finalized. Stay tuned.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bill

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#14 posted 08-03-2007 05:44 PM

Well done Mot. Amazing how fast and simple that was. Other than waiting for the glue to dry, everything else was in real time wasn’t it? If you had your blanks glued up ahead of time, you could probably do 3-4 an hour that way.

LJTV is coming right along. You only have to create another 23.75 hours of videos to fill up the day. Going into a looping rerun, that could would cover the first 3-4 days of the month. About another 5-6 days of worth of video and away we go.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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mot

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#15 posted 08-03-2007 06:53 PM

LOL…get crackin with the video camera Bill! I’ll need help. Yes, all the turning and assembly was in real time. Had I used gap filling CA with accelerator, the entire thing would have been real time. So blank to pen in under an hour.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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