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#1 posted 11-05-2012 03:32 PM

Terry, as someone who has just gotten into it I didn’t find the pens too hard to jump into.
Initial cost was more then I liked even cheaping out, I found that spare tubes, a couple of pen kits, a properly sized drill bit, a facing tool which needs it’s own bit, a mandrel, proper bushings and the woodcraft finishing kit were all necessary. The finishing kit has 2 different glues that are needed to glue the tubes as well as finish and was cheaper then the parts. I think total I coughed up about 75.00 just to make the first two pens and that was just to make one style, additional pen styles may need a different drill bit size and different bushings so an extra 10-15 per style.

I do use hand screw clamps to secure the blanks vs a buying a special vise and it gets everything so close to center the grain structure still follows. I have a tiny bench vise that does a good job of the assembly so no special press needed, mine does have plastic jaws. I have bucket loads of turning blanks previously known as cutoffs so I’m still good there and the regular lathe chisels have worked fine vs buying shorter, smaller specific tools. I also didn’t screw up and need a spare tube till my 3rd pen but my first pen was fatter then a slimline should be both top and bottom and the second was ebony which I find can be turned rather easily without catching or tearing.

Jason, I don’t think I’d ever want that lathe to actually work at though the belly could use the help. Nicely restored like that would be really nice to have sitting in the shop as eye candy.

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