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Tom Godfrey

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09-13-2012 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pen kits question tip resource trick jig

Going to try my hand at pen turning. Was wondering where you guys that turn pens get the best price for the pen kits? Also does the kit come with all you would need to have a finish product, other than the blank. Blanks aren’t an issue. Don’t want anything fancy at this time, just something to get started with.
Thanks in advance

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 06:19 PM

I’ve not yet turned a pen, but I get catalogs from these folks frequently.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 08:38 PM

I have no experience in pen turning and the folks from this site might help you:

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 08:39 PM

Not only is Pennstate a good place to buy but they also have video’s of pen turning. Plus when you can get a DVD sent to you that will show you how to get started turning a pen

-- DeputyDawg

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 12:15 AM

Penn State is the place to go. Order from then once and you will get their catalogs forever!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 12:42 AM

I’ve used Arizona Silhouette as well as Penn State and Berea Hardwoods. He resells kits and supplies from those groups as well as unnamed kits that I found to be as good as the named kits. His prices are competetive and, at least last time I ordered, he includes some kind of little something extra. Good service and quality IMO and I’m just a customer.

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Tom Godfrey

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#6 posted 09-14-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks guys for all the information. Going to wait a few more days and see how the numbers come up. So for Penn State is in the lead. Will check out the other sites that were mention.
Appreciate all the help
Should be getting my mantel tomorrow. That may not be spelled right.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#7 posted 09-14-2012 03:15 AM

I’ve found this Aussie business to be the cheapest with quality kits+super service and a fixed shipping price of $A5.00 to the US.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 06:24 AM

hello Tom, I buy pen sets from,, not the cheapest but the quality seems good. I have used a number of different adhesives to glue in the brass tubes, but the one that works best for me is a good quality epoxy resin with a cure time of 30mins, anything faster is difficult to assemble in the time. Make sure you coat the brass tube thoroughly and when you insert it into the hole twist and turn it, move it in and out to ensure a good transfer to the inside of the hole, use a high speed to turn them, other than that they are relatively easy to make, have a good day. Regards to your family I trust you are all well.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#9 posted 09-14-2012 11:26 AM

You need to buy a set of pen kit bushing too when buy your pen kit. Do you already have a pen mandrel? If not will need one unless going to turn between centers (dead center in headstock, live center in tailstock).

Knowing the three big suppliers important.

Berea Hardwoods

Craft Supplies

Penn State

Folks have already mentioned a few re-sellers for Berea there are more. Two popular resellers for PSI
are: and

Some re-sellers also offer less expensive alternative kits. While price attractive quality issues can be a problem.

-- Bill

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#10 posted 09-14-2012 11:34 AM

Good idea to stay with one vendor starting out buying kits, bushings, mandrel. Bushing and mandrel from one vendor might not work with others.

-- Bill

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