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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 02:57 AM

I know at first when you look at projects like pens for an example. One can easily see how it could nickle and dime you to death. It can if you let it or if your the type who wants all the neat gagets.

All you need is the pen Mandrel, a good 7mm drill bit, the bushings for which ever pen you wish to make. The pen vise, and all the other goodies you can do without. To drill the blanks I just use a old twin screw hand clamp and my woodworking vise to assemble them…... Of course a good finish for them.

You can get pen kits, Slimline for 3 bucks or less. They do make great gifts and I have sold many for 20.00 each to just fund buying more pen kits and finishing supplies. How many times do we get a pretty piece of wood that is just to small to do much but just make a pen….

I was just like everyone else and had my lathe for 4 years before I broke down and got a few kits and never regretted it. My girls even enjoy making pens to give to their teachers for x-mas and b-days. Not many projects out there we can make for less than 5 bucks a piece…... Here is a pic of a future woodworker, the smile says it all….

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