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itsme_timd

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2320 days ago

Hi Jocks,

Some of you might have seen a pen turners’ swap we’ve got going on – if not you can see the blog series here. This will give you a lot more detail as to what we’re doing.

We’re considering a ‘Round 2’ and wanted to see if ther are any others who’d like to join us.

If so post a reply to this thread or PM me. More details will come as we get it together.

Thanks!

Tim

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA


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GaryK

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#1 posted 2320 days ago

I never caught the pen bug. Yet.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2320 days ago

I wish I could participate in it but maybe when I get a lathe.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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rikkor

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#3 posted 2320 days ago

I’m in.

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Yettiman

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#4 posted 2320 days ago

Hi Pen turners,

I would love to start Pen Turning, I have just bought my first lathe, a small second hand one, and have got to the point where I can turn a length of 4×4 into a cylinder.

If ANYONE would care to give me any advice I would be very grateful.

Do I need to buy a mandel before I start on a Pen blank?

So the Pen swap is not yet for me, but maybe one day :)

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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rikkor

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#5 posted 2320 days ago

Do I need to buy a mandel before I start on a Pen blank?

You will need a mandrel and a set of bushings appropriate for the pen style. I’d suggest the slim line style pen to begin with, as the kits are the least expensive.

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itsme_timd

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#6 posted 2320 days ago

Ditto on what Rikkor said…

You might also check a few sites that offer starter kits, here are a couple links:
Craft Supplies USA Starter Kit - $69.99
Penn State Ind. Starter Kit - $58.00 – They have a couple of others as well.

Good luck!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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scottb

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#7 posted 2320 days ago

looking forward to the second round – I’ve turned into a mini pen factory since the box came and went. I’m gonna have to get more kits!

Yetti – be warned, pen turning is addictive. Gary is right, calling it a bug. Any project you can start and finish in one session (let alone several of them in an afternoon) is so satisfying.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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cajunpen

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#8 posted 2320 days ago

Trust me, the pen tuning bug will eventually die, and you will get better :-)). Took me almost a thousand pens for it to die on me – haven’t turned on for at least 3 years, but I’m beginning to relapse – looking at all the pens posted lately.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#9 posted 2320 days ago

Actually I have turned pens without using a mandrel. Used a piece of rolled steel secured in a jacobs chuck. Could have used a pin chuck as well. For bushings I used steel washer sized to the finished diameter that I needed. A little more work out front but cheaper than buying the mandrel. With a steel rod you can chuck up and turn multiple pens at one time. Also check out www.bereahardwoods.com for pen kits and supplies.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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CaptnA

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#10 posted 2320 days ago

I’m very new to this medium and still tinkering with pens. Turned for quite a while and just recently started with pens.
If anyone is interested I have a couple of links that are filled with good information.
When you buy your kits- make sure they come with instructions. All sellers don’t include them. guess you’re just supposed to know? Some kits are more intense than others and some are a challenge.
It can get a little interesting – different size bushings/tubes etc.
Turning the pen is the easy part. Putting the parts together carries some unique issues that can be a pain to learn/overcome.
To me the secret to outstanding pens comes from the wood. The ‘pen’ is just something to make small phenominal pieces of wood truly functional and offers a medium for them. I assure you a pen given as a gift will be not only treasured but used and sometimes carry with it the love that you put into its creation. They carry a rewarding feeling that seldom comes from things I’ve made for people.
And addictive almost seems like a mild term. Maybe someone needs to charter pen turners anonymous with a nice 12 step program…~

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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rikkor

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#11 posted 2320 days ago

Maybe someone needs to charter pen turners anonymous with a nice 12 step program…~

That would imply that you wanted to quit… ;^)

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 2320 days ago

Maybe just a twelve step finishing schedule…

I’d be interested in getting in on the rounds here.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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scottb

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#13 posted 2320 days ago

LOL Doug. I’ve just stepped up from a 3 to 6 step finishing schedule (not counting sanding to 2000 and buffing)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2320 days ago

Seven: Humbly assayed pen’s gloss level under a raking light and became willing to sand to 4000 grit. And so it goes…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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CaptnA

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#15 posted 2319 days ago

rikkor OH MY
you’re correct perhaps I just need steps 1-11 All things in moderation!!!
except spending money on wood and tools….
I’m intersested in this as well.
I guess I jumped too far off track with my last post. I know that I read topics that interest me even if and sometimes especially if I know little about the subject. Got so far off I forgot to say yes, figure me in.
And thank you!

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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