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Blog entry by Kerry Drake posted 01-28-2015 03:00 PM 966 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What happens when you try to make a pen and the top half explodes on the lathe, so you try to make another pen and bottom half breaks when you are “trimming the barrel”...

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 05:51 PM

Someone with more experience may chime in, but one thing might be that you went too deep into the wood portion of the barrel that you contacted the tube.

-- Dale, Wren MS

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 10:40 PM

Love it when a well executeted plan comes together!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 05:50 AM

Time will bring you all your answers. Go slow until you have your skills where you want them. these things happen to those who have been turning pens for many years. Keep going and go slow to learn. Maybe you might benefit from a class from a Woodcraft location and/or a wood group near you. Great job, you finished the project and learn a few things along the way

-- Norman

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#4 posted 01-30-2015 10:35 AM

Kerry, a simple answer to your concerns, its a learning process, put another blank in and go again

Then post the completed work, and very importantly keep your first off, and then as time progresses pull it out, look at it and gauge your progress.

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 05:30 PM

I have done turning before, just not pens. Its getting better:

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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