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WorkTheWood

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11-17-2014 01:01 AM

I went to a basic pen turning class at my local woodcraft a few weeks ago and had a blast. Definitely want to get a lathe and start making some pens. I can say with 99.9% certainty that I have zero interest in turning anything else. That being said, I am looking at the following basic set from Penn State:

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/TCLC10VS-B.html

Thoughts on this setup? Is that lathe more than enough to get me up and running and get some decent use out of it? It seems to have relatively decent reviews on Amazon as well as Penn State.

-- -- Lou Stagner


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TheDane

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 01:36 AM

If you are sure that pens is all you will ever want to turn, then that kit should be just fine.

Once you get into turning, you may find there are other things you might wish to do … this lathe may or may not be suitable. In that case, you would have time to shop for a more suitable lathe and recover some of you investment via CraigsList.

Be safe and enjoy the ride … turning is great fun.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Jimbo4

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 02:31 AM

Ahhhaaaaaa ! The trap has been sprung! Enjoy.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 11-17-2014 03:54 AM

Cool set up except it’s out of stock. You can join the wait list though.
You Save: $70.20 (15%)
Out of Stock – Join the Wait List! Add to Wishlist

Regular Price: $469.85

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 12:05 PM

The chisels that setup comes with are pretty worthless. They will shape pens but you will want to get a new chisel right away. For pens all you need is a 3/8” spindle gouge. Do yourself a favor and don’t buy any other chisels for pens. Just get a really nice spindle gouge.

You will also need a means of drilling out the center. This can be done on a lathe with additional accessories but most folks use a drill press. You will also need a grinder and sharpening stone for your grinder. This is 100% essential. Without this you cannot even begin using the lathe. Chisels need to be reground for literally every pen you do.

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WorkTheWood

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 05:23 PM

Thanks for the feedback all!

-- -- Lou Stagner

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WorkTheWood

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 05:37 PM



The chisels that setup comes with are pretty worthless. They will shape pens but you will want to get a new chisel right away. For pens all you need is a 3/8” spindle gouge. Do yourself a favor and don t buy any other chisels for pens. Just get a really nice spindle gouge.

You will also need a means of drilling out the center. This can be done on a lathe with additional accessories but most folks use a drill press. You will also need a grinder and sharpening stone for your grinder. This is 100% essential. Without this you cannot even begin using the lathe. Chisels need to be reground for literally every pen you do.

- Minorhero

A few questions… The kit I was looking at is out-of-stock, so considering getting the 10 inch lathe from Grizzly.

I would piece together everything else. I do have a drill press, so I am good there.

What spindle gouge would you recommend? What grinder and sharpening stone would you recommend (and where can I best learn how to sharpen that spindle gouge)?

Thanks!

-- -- Lou Stagner

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 07:20 PM

I have seen this scenario so many times, and have yet to find someone who religiously stuck to their original plans.It is possible and I am not being dictatorial as it is your ,life but perhaps you might get the bowl or spindle turning bug eventually.It is not for everyone but many do love making a lot of different things with a lathe. I also make pens and have such a lathe a Delta small size almost identical to the ones here. I bought it already used and it was immaculate. I only ever had to replace the belt.It is as you will find really not powerful enough for bigger stuff and a few people have actually burned out the small motor it has.If you are certain it will be pens and only pens then fine. I would advise you not to buy a package deal that is not a sensible way to goIMHO.Read up and look at you tube for more ideas regarding early tooling packages you won’t need many tools for pens only. I would as I always do would highly suggest you at least check out the second hand market for a package you would be able to get a much better deal. Ideally from someone who bought all he or she needed then got bored or gave up with the idea of turning and sell everything off at a real bargain price advertised locally for such a set up. I wish you well. I just suggest you take your time first though.Have fun my good friend Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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WorkTheWood

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 07:51 PM



I have seen this scenario so many times, and have yet to find someone who religiously stuck to their original plans.It is possible and I am not being dictatorial as it is your ,life but perhaps you might get the bowl or spindle turning bug eventually.It is not for everyone but many do love making a lot of different things with a lathe. I also make pens and have such a lathe a Delta small size almost identical to the ones here. I bought it already used and it was immaculate. I only ever had to replace the belt.It is as you will find really not powerful enough for bigger stuff and a few people have actually burned out the small motor it has.If you are certain it will be pens and only pens then fine. I would advise you not to buy a package deal that is not a sensible way to goIMHO.Read up and look at you tube for more ideas regarding early tooling packages you won t need many tools for pens only. I would as I always do would highly suggest you at least check out the second hand market for a package you would be able to get a much better deal. Ideally from someone who bought all he or she needed then got bored or gave up with the idea of turning and sell everything off at a real bargain price advertised locally for such a set up. I wish you well. I just suggest you take your time first though.Have fun my good friend Alistair

- SCOTSMAN

Thanks for your feedback. I can say with 99.99% certainty I have no interest in turning bowls or anything other than pens. Will that change? Maybe – but I sincerely doubt it.

I liken it to how much my wife loves art galleries. I can look at photographs all day long – I really enjoy them and appreciate them. But as far as sculptures and most paintings, I just don’t get it. I feel the same way about bowls and the like. I would never want one or want to give one away as a gift. No offense to the bowl turners out there, it’s just not for me.

As far as used tools go, I prefer new tools. I wouldn’t rule out a a used tool, but would just rather buy it new.

Thanks again for your feedback.

-- -- Lou Stagner

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Bill7255

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#9 posted 11-18-2014 10:01 PM


I have seen this scenario so many times, and have yet to find someone who religiously stuck to their original plans.It is possible and I am not being dictatorial as it is your ,life but perhaps you might get the bowl or spindle turning bug eventually.It is not for everyone but many do love making a lot of different things with a lathe. I also make pens and have such a lathe a Delta small size almost identical to the ones here. I bought it already used and it was immaculate. I only ever had to replace the belt.It is as you will find really not powerful enough for bigger stuff and a few people have actually burned out the small motor it has.If you are certain it will be pens and only pens then fine. I would advise you not to buy a package deal that is not a sensible way to goIMHO.Read up and look at you tube for more ideas regarding early tooling packages you won t need many tools for pens only. I would as I always do would highly suggest you at least check out the second hand market for a package you would be able to get a much better deal. Ideally from someone who bought all he or she needed then got bored or gave up with the idea of turning and sell everything off at a real bargain price advertised locally for such a set up. I wish you well. I just suggest you take your time first though.Have fun my good friend Alistair

- SCOTSMAN

Thanks for your feedback. I can say with 99.99% certainty I have no interest in turning bowls or anything other than pens. Will that change? Maybe – but I sincerely doubt it.

I liken it to how much my wife loves art galleries. I can look at photographs all day long – I really enjoy them and appreciate them. But as far as sculptures and most paintings, I just don t get it. I feel the same way about bowls and the like. I would never want one or want to give one away as a gift. No offense to the bowl turners out there, it s just not for me.

As far as used tools go, I prefer new tools. I wouldn t rule out a a used tool, but would just rather buy it new.

Thanks again for your feedback.

- WorkTheWood

The first set of chisels I bought were from Shopsmith. Their pen turning chisels set of three. By far these are the best chisels for turning pens. I have over 60’different chisels of all type, but these are my favorites. Fine starting with a midi lathe. However keep your eye out for a used one. You won’t get that bug right away, but if you really like turning there is that 0.1%. You will need to get you a slow speed grinder. I use the wolverine jig.

-- Bill R

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