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Forum topic by S4SWWS posted 01-26-2014 02:58 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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S4SWWS

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01-26-2014 02:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning question

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.

Casey

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woodbutcherbynight

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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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S4SWWS

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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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Edziu

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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. http://kurthertzog.com/articles/wtd21penmakingcolumn03red.pdf

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

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