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Forum topic by dbhost posted 03-10-2014 06:24 PM 764 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dbhost

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03-10-2014 06:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

The title is pretty self explanatory. I would like to do some pen turning, at least try my hand at it… Other than a lathe which I have, what tools do I need, and where can I get some instruction on the process?

Actually it’s not just pens, but pens, shaving sets, etc… I have a mess of small cutoffs that need to be used, and I think this would be a great way to use them, and have some fun at the same time…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com


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#1 posted 03-10-2014 06:31 PM

Penn State Industries has a free dvd on beginning pen turning.They also have kits for other small projects- razors, bottle stoppers, pepper mills, etc. I would suggest joining IAP (International Association of Penturners)....their forums could answer any “new to turning” questions….Hope this helps….Wes

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 07:07 PM

A good video…

http://www.amazon.com/Turning-Pens-Kip-Rex-Vol/dp/0974978914/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1394478302&sr=1-1&keywords=turning+pens

There is a second part to this one as well..

Link to the Pen State DVD…

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/DVD.html?prodpage=1DV

Also, I think I have a blog post about how to do it. Will check.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 07:27 PM

Old post from my blog

http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/series/182

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 07:32 PM

Go check out Penn State Industries.
that’s where i buy all my turning supplies, and just looking around at their products
i also would recommend checking out a bunch of you tube videos. that’s how i got started. As for tools i just use a roughing gouge and a skew chisel. if your going to do pens you’ll most likely need a mandrel to mount the blanks on and you’ll need a few bushings. I got all my pen turning stuff at Penn State so if you have any other questions just ask me i can send you a bunch of links if you want.
WayneC does an excellent job explaining everything. :)

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 08:22 PM

That PSI DVD is really good, since it’s free it’s also a very good deal!

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 08:31 PM

Thanks for the pointers folks… Should get me going the right way, and soon!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 08:43 PM

Looking for a finished Pen project showing up very soon…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 09:03 PM

No problem, as long as you guys don’t laugh at first attempts…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Sawdustmaker115

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 09:30 PM

Well if it’s funny i might :P I’d never make fun of someone who is being creative and trying something new don’t be afraid to try something new. I would love to see what you come up with :)

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 10:05 PM

Yep, Penn St.=free dvd how to, etc.

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 05:15 PM

The first mistake I made was trying to make a slimline pen…they are the cheapest and certainly the most common for sale because of that. It is not uncommon at first to catch and break the pen bodies. The Slimline is body is cut down to a extremely thin amount of wood left on the tube, unless you leave it like a “bowling pin” (fat in the middle), which in my opinion looks poor (You don’t see those in the boughten pen world). As a result, I might buy trim line or double twist kits or really any other kit, which will leave more wood on the tube.

There tons of you tube videos out there, and the afore mentioned PSI video. I joined the IAP website. (International Assoc of Penturners) While that site, IMHO is extremely clickish’, they will help you with any questions you have, and have some amazing pen makers. I might practice using your turning tools on some 2×2’s then give it a shot….
Mike

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