Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cedar Hill, MO.
for that jet lathe you'll need a Morse Taper 2 mandrel, i suggest the adjustable mandrel. there are many different styles of pens out there some shorter tube than others, some with just one tube so you would have to add spacers so blank is tight for turning.
Glue use medium CA glue and accelerator you can glue blanks up quicker and start turning. also will help if any cracks or blow outs
finish for a new pen turner, a Hut wax stick. rub it on and use a paper towel to heat it up. (Fiction Polish)
a pen press you can buy one or can use lathe, or drill press with a home made jigs, or a hand squeeze clamp.
turning tools and sandpaper up to 600 at least, i keep going with micro mesh to 12000.
disc sander or pen mill to square up pen blank after tubes are glued in, so to insure tight fit when pens are pressed together.
"Just because your not bleeding, don't mean your turning safely"..
Last edited by Jeff4woodturning; 04-08-2010 at 07:23 PM.