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#1 posted 11-12-2011 08:34 PM

Use a drill press. Chuck the shaft from the mandrill or use all thread the same diameter as the mandrill shaft load the blanks and bushings onto the shaft and with light pressure apply your friction polish or finish to the blank. If you need to sand the blank for finishing then add a block of hard wood that will hold a roller ball bearing that has an inner diameter of 1/4” with a 1/4” dowel center inserted in the bearing and this acts as the live center. Attach the block to the drill press table, line up the dowel center point with the live center end of the mandrill shaft and secure the block to the table and sand and finish as you would on the lathe. Takes about 30 minutes and $15.00 in materials. I’ve used this method to turn and finish pens and it works very well.

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