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Project by KE4NYV posted 07-25-2014 04:04 AM 477 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first pen turning project. I used a black walnut pen blank that I had been saving for a while. The kit is a Woodcraft “Slim Style” Platinum. I didn’t catch any photos during the build, but I plan to do that on the next one. Finish is beeswax melted in while spinning on the lathe. I really like the feel and it writes nice.

-- Jason R.





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AlBCuttnWud

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 03:15 PM

Run away and don’t look back…..pen turning is very addictive..ha.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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KE4NYV

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 03:40 PM

Run away and don’t look back…..pen turning is very addictive..ha.

You’re telling me, Brother! Within thirty minutes of completing this one, I was already figuring out which pen blank to cut up next for the kit that I still have from this order AND I was back on Woodcraft’s site to order more kits. It’s quickly becoming a sickness :o)

I think the next one will be purpleheart or zebra wood.

-- Jason R.

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John Lowell

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 08:36 PM

If you have not noticed, buy pens on sale! Most of the suppliers have “outlet” or “clearance” sections, look for the slow movers and by a bunch at a time. My kids and I have turned pens for just over a year, great fun and you can get the kits to below 2 bucks with patience.

cheers

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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KE4NYV

113 posts in 210 days


#4 posted 07-25-2014 09:07 PM

John, which suppliers do you like to buy from? So far I have only purchased from Woodcraft online. I am looking a few kits from PSI now. All in the sub-$5 range. Mostly slimline kits at the moment.

-- Jason R.

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John Lowell

115 posts in 729 days


#5 posted 07-31-2014 10:35 PM

Woodcraft is good, I also use Rockller, in fact just picked up an assortment. looking at the packing slip, the most I paid was 6 for 19.14 (3.19 ea) for the soft grip pens, folks like them a lot. If you are lucky, grab a pen and pencil of similar makeup, i.e gold, black, other colors. I find a matching set is a great upscale gift.

I tend to stick to the standard 7mm tube size and slimline bushings, but the bushings can be had on sale also, about a buck, find a bushing, look for the pen on sale also. If you need new tubes, measure the size you need and search for similar on sale, may be listed for another pen, but could be same tube. Just get a lot of tubes, I mess up a bunch…. blame it on the wood…..

I get a lot of traffic from Craft Supply, www.woodturnerscatalog.com, they have a closeout section also, but have not purchased a lot from them.

Next up, chucks…...

cheers, johnl

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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