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Forum topic by S4SWWS posted 01-26-2014 02:58 AM 1165 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2014 02:58 AM

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Hello All,

I am looking for pointers on turning pens, specifically what I am doing wrong. I have turned about 10 pens of varying sizes material etc. Most turn out very well but I recently bought the 10 pack of cobalt slimline pens from Woodriver. I have turned two so far and I am having a bit of a conundrum. I turn the blanks down to exactly the same size as the bushing. The issue arises when I assemble the pen, the center ring is loose and spins freely between the pen blanks it is the same circumference but just looks horrible. What am I doing wrong. Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-26-2014 03:15 AM

post a pic for us to look at the issue, you may have gotten a bad batch of pen kits, or you could have a issue with the bushings, need to see it though to make a suggestion. All of the above I have had issues with at some time in the past with at least one pen kit. Mostly they do work well though.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 06:07 PM

I do believe I am going to try one measuring with a caliper to make sure that I have the od exactly on. I will turn it tomorrow and post the pic. I do believe that my pen mill doesn’t cut great and that it might be a little dull because with red oak and maple blanks it literally has a task just to trim them down to size. I have to get better at milling it down to the tube. However I turn larger pens such as the Rinehart and Navigator from Woodcraft with near perfection. Just don’t get it but I’ll try one more tomorrow and post a picture. Thanks

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 06:31 PM

Hey there Casey- From what it sounds like, the center rings could be just a hair too large. I found great inspiration in this article though and wanted to share it with you.

It talks about alternatives to the center ring, and might just help you in making some snazzy pens.

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