Originally Posted by Guitar Maestro
I've always wanted to make my own pens. Does anyone have experience with this? I assumed you just bought the pen sections stock from somewhere, or perhaps bought a pen, took it apart, and replaced the mid section. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
There are many pen turners posting on this forum -- browse the threads and you'll find loads.
Typically, you start with a lathe and a "pen mandrel" -- simply a steel rod with a clamping mechanism at the tailstock end. You'll need bushings to match the pen kit you want to make.
Pen kits (the mechanisms, nibs, clips and brass tubes into which the bits fit) are available from many vendors. Woodturningz.com and Penn State Industries are online, but if there's a Rockler or Woodcraft store nearby you can take a look at their stocks.
Take one or two pieces of wood, drill a hole through, glue a brass tube into the hole. When it's cured, mount on the mandrel between bushings, tighten it up, and turn away till the ends of the blanks are the same diameter as the bushings.
Apply the finish of your choice to the turned pieces, and assemble the components (you might need a press of some kind -- I use a wooden screw-clamp).
Voila -- you've made a pen.
Careful, it's highly addictive