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I only want to do a couple of small projects, pens just aren't my thing. I was wondering if anyone has ever made a pen mandrel themselves? Specifically for turning seam rippers.

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I only want to do a couple of small projects, pens just aren't my thing. I was wondering if anyone has ever made a pen mandrel themselves? Specifically for turning seam rippers.

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Here is a rough tutorial I put together some time back.
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If you just buy the kit & bushings do not need a mandrel. You would need a dead center for the headstock. Insert bushings in to blank tube bring up the tail stock and start turning. Simply turn between centers.

Can also mount ” rod in a scroll or drill chuck or collet chuck still need kit bushings. Hole for PSI bushings is 0.240”.

Have used bits from my Harbor Freight transfer punch set in scroll and drill chuck for small projects.
http://www.harborfreight.com/28-piece-transfer-punch-set-3577.html

If using your scroll chuck with 1/4" jaw grip can buy replacement mandrel shaft.
If live near woodcraft store see if they have any replacement mandrel shafts they are pretty inexpensive.
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2003759/2326/Replacement-Mandrel-Shaft.aspx

PSI, Wood-n-Whimsies & Woodturning z all sell just replacement mandrel shafts for not much money.
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Stupid question, I know, but what are the bushings for? Do they fit inside the metal tube? Or do they just ride up against the ends of the blank providing pressure on the chuck and act as a gauge on how far down to turn the ends? There's a lot of bushing sets out there and it gets a little confusing.
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Both.

There are so many different bushing sets because everything requires a different size tube. The bushings are very inexpensive though.

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Kits bushing the same for both PSI styles.
http://www.pennstateind.com/library/PKSR1_2.pdf
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