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Have any vids or equipment tips for making pens? Want to try them out, but don't know what to get and what to avoid when it comes to stuff.

Just go to Youtube there are tons of vids about it there

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Just go to Youtube there are tons of vids about it there
I know. That's the problem. Was hoping for a suggestion of which of those tons were good ones. :)
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Buy a mandrel and bushings for the most common size pen kit available, the Slimline. Stay away from cigar pens and European kits, it's a lot of extra clutter around the workbench. Do a few dozen Slimline pens until you get super comfortable with it. Go ahead and get a end trimmer. They are worth it. The YouTube comment was a little bit of a cop out, but seriously, there are some very simple videos to show you the whole process from blanks to polishing.

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Buy a mandrel and bushings for the most common size pen kit available, the Slimline. Stay away from cigar pens and European kits, it's a lot of extra clutter around the workbench. Do a few dozen Slimline pens until you get super comfortable with it. Go ahead and get a end trimmer. They are worth it. The YouTube comment was a little bit of a cop out, but seriously, there are some very simple videos to show you the whole process from blanks to polishing.

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His or my comment was a cop out? Appreciate the information. I've watched a lot of youtube videos to learn how to do things. Some are good and some are bad. The problem with something you know nothing about is that it can be difficult to know the difference. So my comment was definitely not a cop out. If you ask for advice on planes and other hand tools, I'll send you to Wood by Wright. If you want tool reviews, I'll suggest AvE. You get the idea. I'm not going to say "Just go to youtube..." because I know a lot of the info is terrible or advertisements dressed up as how-to vids.

Honestly, my initial request for info was to be nice and make polite conversation and get advice from someone who has obviously already researched pen making quite a bit and has some decent experience. I like saving hours of research if I can if someone else has already done it and can share that info in a matter of a couple of minutes. :) I do appreciate the advice and I'm sure it will save me some money and headaches.

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I meant his, but in a light hearted way. Don't feel attacked dude, I tried to give you some highlights of my experience with turning pens.

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I meant his, but in a light hearted way. Don't feel attacked dude, I tried to give you some highlights of my experience with turning pens.

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Oh I don't, but wasn't sure who that was toward. I do appreciate the advice. Had no idea where to start with pens, and you've given me some first steps.
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I know. That's the problem. Was hoping for a suggestion of which of those tons were good ones. :)

The first time I saw it was on Woodworking Guild Of America, really it is a pretty forward process nothing really to it, except until you get the feel don't turn the real thin slim lines, they tend to easier to mess up when the wood gets real thin, a minute catch will destroy the pen

I got my parts from these people
https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/

Penn State Industries is also a good place, but are a little higher priced and their shipping is higher also

One thing I would suggest, get this mandrel

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKMS2SET.html

It is a little higher priced but using the ones that push up against the live center on the tail stock, after a while will wallow out the point on the live center and you get a lot of chatter, that takes a longer time to sand out
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Have any vids or equipment tips for making pens? Want to try them out, but don't know what to get and what to avoid when it comes to stuff.

Go to youtube and put in "pen turning". you'll spend hours there but lots of helpful information. that's how I found everything about pen turning.
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Go to youtube and put in "pen turning". you'll spend hours there but lots of helpful information. that's how I found everything about pen turning.
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Practiced turning a bowl out of a piece of oak firewood. Very basic design, but it's my first bowl; and I like her. Her name's Darla. BLO finish.

I like it too JT.
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Looks nice John. i also have wooden bowl works. i did wood bowl by manual. but now i also got a wood lathe for it. really very quick and funny.
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