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Posted on Making my own bushings for pen kits?

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 12:44 PM

Pen making is such a racket, but I play along because it is so fun. Not only do you need the bushings, you need a drill bit and a reamer. If you square your blanks with a disk sander and fill the tube ends with clay to keep the epoxy out, you can skip the reamer, but I prefer to mill/ream my blanks. I have seen bushings made from wood and brass, but as you’ve found out form turning pens, precision is key here to get that perfect fit. Also wood or brass bushings would likely be single use. One hit from a gouge or skew and they are done. In addition sandpaper will wear them down quickly as well.

When I want to try a new pen style, I’ll order a starter kit from PSI, like this one I just got. You get a few pen kits and the bushings. This also comes with the drill bit, but I’ve learned my lesson with cheap bits. I will only by Colt Pen makers bits from now on. They are really pricey, but completely worth the money.


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