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Forum topic by DonFaulk0517 posted 02-27-2010 02:58 AM 3057 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2010 02:58 AM

I am interested in pen turning and was wondering if anyone had suggestions on what equipment to get to start out. There are many mini lathes out there, what would be a good one to start with… I am not after the cheapest, but a good one.



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#1 posted 02-27-2010 05:00 AM

They can get you started.

Also look up IAP. They are a pen turning group.


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#2 posted 02-27-2010 05:10 AM

I second the IAP

Penn State will send you a free DVD…I think Woodcraft is having a penturning demo in the upcoming future just for people to watch.

Best of luck,

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 06:29 AM

Craft Supplies USA as well. They had lathes set up at the woodworking shows to allow people to turn a pen and they have starter sets. Once you have it down, they have a great selection of quality pen kits.

I have a Jet Variable Speed mini lathe and have been real happy with it.

I would also recommend the free Pen State video. Also, this one by Rex and Kip is a classic

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

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 03:59 PM

The items in the websites noted by Wayne seem pretty complete. I mention 2 additional items.

You need a way to hold the pen blanks secure in a vertical position on your drill press so you can accurately drill them. There are commercial devices available, but it is not hard to make your own. I did.

Many people will say you need a pen press for assembly. I disagree. If you have a drill press, you can easily use it as a pen press. Make a small block of wood and put a short dowel into it. Then secure the dowel in your chuck and you have a pen press. DO NOT TURN THE DRILL PRESS ON.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 04:23 PM

For pruducing hundreds of beautiful patterns and texture on the pen (after it has been turned on lathe) it is nice to have this pen wizard by Beall.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 04:28 PM

Don I nominate a very complete and extremely helpful website. They have a complete library on turning pens. Also there are countless videos on youtube as well. I have learned all I know from these sources but is the best.


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#7 posted 02-28-2010 01:54 AM

Thanks to everyone for their input… now I need to research it all and see where it takes me.

Thanks Again!


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