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Forum topic by gragian posted 11-09-2009 09:54 PM 946 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2009 09:54 PM

I’ve recently started to get very interested in penturning, and I wanted to get some advice as to good equipment/accessories to purchase. I’m pretty much starting from scratch, so I’d need to get everything. From what I can understand, I’ll need the following items:

Lathe (mini is fine, I would think)
Drill Bits
Drill press or drill chuck
Saw (band saw or hacksaw?)
Some kind of dust management

I’m sure I’m missing something, but if I could get information/advice/recommendations as to good manufacturers, vendors, etc for any/all of those items, I would be much appreciative. I’d like to stay on some kind of (low) budget, but I won’t sacrifice quality for price.

Thanks much!

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 10:48 PM

When i started turning pens I bought the Pen Turning Kit with Lathe from

It comes with the basic tools you will need to get started, but I would recommend a method to sharpen your tools as well. Although I now use a bandsaw to cut my blanks, a small handsaw worked well for me before I got it.

For drilling the blanks I highly recommend a good bench top drill press. You could use a jacobs chuck on the lathe, but that would require you to also have a chuck to hold the square blank while drilling… so unless you want to start turning bowls as well, price wise you’ll come out about the same if you buy a drill press.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 01:27 AM

Thanks for sharing! I too was hoping to get into pens one of these days, and possibly wooden rings. I was wondering what I could get by with lathe wise since I would still be on the less frequent usage end of the stratosphere. I’ll have to take a look at their kits :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 01:35 AM

Check out this website they are a bunch of great people like here.


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#4 posted 11-10-2009 03:40 AM

I would go so far to say that once you start turning, you’ll end up turning more than you anticipated… It is a very addicting aspect of this hobby of ours.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 03:52 AM

Pen blanks, pen mill to square ends (or a disk sander), pen kits, pen press, clamp or some other means of pressing parts together. Spindle gouge. Polish, sand paper and other finishing supplies..

I would also recommend the following pen turning video or books by these guys….

This site also has excellent pen kits.. I would also recommend that you pick one or two styles and master them. That way you do not need a bunch of drill bits and bushings.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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