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Forum topic by RetiredCoastie posted 05-05-2011 03:18 AM 5247 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-05-2011 03:18 AM

The other day I was looking for a supplier for a Dead Center for turning pen blanks between centers. was recommended so I ordered the dead center and as a bonus they had a 3” SS tool rest for my Jet 1014 lathe so I ordered it as well. I ordered them on the 2nd of May and I recieved the tools on the 4th. Thats fast service and the tools are of the highest quality of any tools I’ve seen in a long time. As a bonus John Goodin included a PVC pen blank in the box. For those that heven’t heard of the use of a dead center for pen turning it is basicly the use of bushings and the pen blank captured between 60 degree live center in the tail stock and a 60 degree dead center in the head stock. You don’t use a pen mandril. As long as your run out on your head & tail stock and bushings are minimul and your centers are concentric you will have a concetric barrel when your done turning. My hats off to John Goodin and Penturners Products for great products and customer service. For new and experienced pen turners don’t waste money on a pen mandrill and practicly elliminate out of round pen barrels. Also check out the videos on their website.

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 01:51 PM

Never heard or thought of that thanks!

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 04:17 PM

Interesting. How big is his selection of bushings for the dead center?

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 05:47 PM

He has a large selection of bushings but you don’t necessarily have to buy special bushings, I’ve been using the bushings that I bought from various suppliers that are used on a mandrill and they work fine. You just need to make sure that your bushings have little to no run-out.

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 07:37 PM

I have been turning between centers for a while now, I found it beneficial to use a 60 center drill bit to remove some of the material from the end of the bushings to make the fit better for the 60 live and dead center. I got mine from John Goodin at penturners products. John is a great guy and makes fine quality products.

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