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Project by Tooch posted 12-05-2018 03:34 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Despite past struggles, I spent a whole lot of money at Rockler and purchased a Nova lathe, along with all the fixings to turn pens. I’m hoping to include this as a project in my 2nd year wood shop class. The kids are already pretty pumped up about it and are planning a trip to the store to buy some exotic wood (more epensive) blanks.

One thing I’m hoping to resolve is the issue on the ends of each piece. The bushings seemed to spin slightly off center, and I’m not sure if that was what caused the marks in picture 2 or if I gouged the wood with the tool.

Thanks for looking, any help on that issue would be appreciated!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails





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Number1Jock

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 03:38 PM

Nice work on the pens I like it keep up good work

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sparkie113

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 04:05 PM

Turning a lot of pens if they are off center get a new set or file them.
I can not see the marks but the pens look great.
I have made pens with out a bushing so you may have it the blank and did not see it.
Hope this helps.
Rich

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Andre

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 04:25 PM

Only mark I see is a small split, happened on a Pen I turned out of Oak.
Are your bushing tight on the mandrel? Appears to be a lip/edge on the pen center collar, maybe a little more sanding? Pen turning I am told can be additive! I started turning because of all my wood scraps, had been giving the blanks away for years then decided to try turning some for myself.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 04:33 PM

Those look great buddy. The kids will absolutely love turning pens. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 05:57 PM

The pens look great. teaching the kids will be just as much fun. Congrats on the new Nova lathe or is it for the school. Either way you get to use it and have fun.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 12-05-2018 05:57 PM

They will learn many things doing pens—from patience to how to fix an OOOPPPPSSS!

A good school project addition.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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majuvla

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#7 posted 12-05-2018 08:24 PM

I will tell : only with wood pattern looks perfect – those look realy GRRR8!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-05-2018 09:13 PM

Good looking pens, Mike. We are going to get back to pen making in the shop next semester, too.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Boxguy

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#9 posted 12-06-2018 05:37 AM

Tooch, nice project. I am sure your kids will look forward to working on this next year. Hope you enjoy your winter recess.

-- Big Al in IN

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