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11-29-2010 02:31 AM

I have seen so many wonderful pens that I thought I might give it a try. I have a full size lathe. Will that work or do you need the midi lathe? what are the basics I need to get started? Thanks. chad

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 02:56 AM

Funny you should ask this, I just spent some time yesterday poking around looking for the same info. I found a web site for Craft Supplies USA . They have a section on pen turning tools and supplies. I found enough info there to satisfy my curiosity. If your lathe has a #2 Morse Taper it would likely work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 03:43 AM

In addition to the link Steve provided,

I use a full size lathe and regular size lathe tools to turn my pens but I have also made a couple of custom tools for very delicate work.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 04:10 AM

Good luck on a new addiction. Almost anything you could possibly want to know is here, The site is dedicated to pen turning, has a complete list of suppliers and untold wealth of knowledge. When I turn on my computer, it’s the first site I go to.

-- Tim

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 04:29 AM

Others have already provided good guidance. I will only add that a full sized lathe is perfectly capable of turning a pen. There is absolutely no need to buy a mini (or midi).

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

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 04:43 AM

Thanks for all the info. I’m almost afraid to start, I have too many things I like to do and this looks a bit addicting. But I think I’ll risk it eventually.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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