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Posted on Making my own bushings for pen kits?

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Wildwood

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 02:24 PM

Coach, bushings are cheap insurance on getting close to final dimensions. A digital caliper for measuring components and pen barrels helps a lot. Pen kit bushings have a tendency to wear out faster if folks sand them too.
People do make their own bushings from plastic, steel, & wood. Think have to ask yourself how many pens can I make from just one set of bushings?

Not sure where getting your pen kits Berea Hardwoods (Berea) Penn State (PSI), or Woodturners catalog (Craft supplies) but many of resellers for Berea & PSI sell kit accessories for less, Craft Supplies has no resellers. Berea sometimes has reduced price on bushings in their introductory offerings. Same with PSI if buy certain number of kits. Take a look at list of vendors at this site.
http://www.penturners.org/links/browselinks.php?c=3

If link does not work click on then links, vendors: http://www.penturners.org/

Many pen turners including myself turn pen barrels between centers without mandrel, and may or may not use bushings. I still use bushing to turn but not finish. We use a dead and live center in head/tailstock.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/HSS-Lathe-Center-MT2/H5789
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Carbide-Tipped-Lathe-Center-MT2/H7967

Good luck.

-- Bill


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