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Project by Michael1 posted 11-09-2011 04:27 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple years ago I decided to try my hand at making pens and invested in the various start up junk like a mandrel, pen mill set, pen press,and a couple of pen kits to find out my #2 morse taper lathe is only on the tail stock and not the head stock. At the time I figured I had spent all I wanted to on the venture and even though Pen State Ind. has a mandrel for a threaded stud head stock, I canned the idea and forgot about it.

The stuff has been sitting forgotten about in a drawer to my lathe since and today I came across it rummaging around one of the drawers. Playing with it a little bit, I decided to give it a try and after trying to think of ways to make a chuck to mount the morse taper mandrel on the lathe I canned the idea and mounted it in my drill press. Then I clamped a piece of bar stock in a machinists vise and secures it to the drill table to use as a tool rest.

Turning virtically on the drill press will get the job done, but to be truthful, I think if I make any more I will invest in the proper mandrel for my lathe as it is awkward turning in this fashion.

I didn’t have any HUT wax sticks or traditional finished I hear you are to use on pens, and not wanting to take the time to set up to spray lacquer on such a small piece, I experimented with an off the wall finishing method. I turned the piece with the drill set at 2300 RPM and sealed the wood with a light coat of CA glue, sanded by hand with 400 grit and then applied English Oil which is basically tinted lemon oil and buffed to a nice luster. I am curious how long my unconventional finish will last.

Any thoughts from experienced pen turners out there? Good, bad and ugly comments are welcome.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com





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bill merritt

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 06:35 AM

I make pens, enjoy it. But I never woulde have thought to use my drill press. It came out great.

-- bill merritt

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 06:18 PM

It woudl be cool to see a picture of your drill press set up.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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SASmith

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 02:35 AM

Clever use of the drill press.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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