|Forum topic by lew||posted 03-06-2010 02:56 AM||2794 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
03-06-2010 02:56 AM
With little thought to the possibility of no turning back, I allowed myself to be talked into turning some pens. (I won’t mention the name of the convincor here but she shares this home and sometimes feeds the dog).
Anyway, the first batch of kits/parts came from Woodcraft. (We were there when I was pushed over the precipice). I bought several slim line kits, the drill bit, barrel trimmer, mandrel and bushings. Later “we” decided “we” wanted a different style of pen to give to even more folks. This time the search lead to Craft Supplies USA for the kit/parts. Well I had the mandrel and bit, but this style of pen required a different bushing set. Which I bought. OK, another birthday just around the corner, so “we” decided on yet another style of pen. This time from Penn State Industries. More kits, drill bits and again a different bushing.
Between Craft Supplies, Woodcraft, Penn State and who knows how many others- there has to be hundreds of different styles of pens. Many look the same from one catalog to another but their names are not common. So here is the question, is there a chart showing interchangeability of manufacturers? Maybe at least the exact dimensions of their bushings so the customer could check their pen making parts for one that would work. It seems a waste of money to have duplicate parts especially the bushing which will probably last forever.
Any thoughts/information would be appreciated.
-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.