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Forum topic by lost posted 04-19-2009 04:46 AM 4128 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-19-2009 04:46 AM

Hey.. I’m so new here… The thing was, I accidentally bought slimline pen kits.. Because I really don’t have an idea about pen kits.. Now, I have 15 slimline kits sitting in my room.. Now, I’m thinking to make use of these kits and did a research.. I found this starter pet kit from PennState.. I just want to ask if there’s a need for me to buy another material to add to this kit… Here’s what the kit made of:

  • TCLPRO 5 speed Midi Lathe
  • 5pack of Slimline Pens
  • 5pack of slimline Pencils
  • 7mm Barell Trimmer
  • 7mm drill bit
  • Pre-Drilled EZ wood blanks – enough to make 10 kits
  • Mid cure epoxy glue to glue tubes into your blanks
  • 30ml of Shellawax polish
  • 3 pc Carbon Steel Pen making Chisel Set
  • #2 MT Pen Mandrel
  • Instructional Pen making DVD

Also, I’ve read that one big problem of this lathe is setting it up.. Anyone tried this..? Any suggestions to get this lathe up and running..?


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#1 posted 04-19-2009 04:54 AM

I have that kit, and it has everything you will need to turn pens. I had no problem at all setting the lathe up either. Maybe 20 minutes of assembly time and it was done. Check out my review

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 04-19-2009 05:04 AM

Thanks for the quick reply.. I was a lil’ bit hesitant since I don’t have any experience and knowledge about lathes at all.. Oh well.. I better try this or keep on wondering for the rest of my life… ha!

Checked out your thread already.. And it’s a big help.. All I need a single “Go” from an turner…
And yes.. I’m purchasing it right now… Thanks again..

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 05:34 PM

Check YouTube as well. There’s lots of good “how to” videos about turning pens. Good luck and I hope they turn out well for you.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 05:58 PM

I’m not a pen turner but, welcome to the site

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 02:40 PM

Thanks all for the reply.. I checked out videos already and bought a book too…
It’s just that, other reviews said that setting up the lathe is kinda hard for this brand..
and the manual does not help that much…
Basically, my main problem is setting up the lathe..

Well.. I’ll just wait for the lathe to arrive.. and see… ^_^

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 01:44 PM

So how did it go?

Simlines are the least expensive but most difficult to turn.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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