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post #1 of 3 Old 12-20-2010, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Hi just wanted to share a pen with some fellow woodaholics cause my wife was like "oh, thats nice honey"...

i have recently ventured into pens after lots of other turning.. Have to say -this is so addictive!

This is my third pen, and a have a question.. It seems that the end of the blank towards the tip consistently is ending up like a 1/64 too big as you can feel the lip as you run your fingers up the length. Is this something common in kits? I am thinking about just grinding down the bushing a little with a sharpening stone?

oh- (its burl maple)
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-20-2010, 01:26 AM
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I wouldn't change the bushings any. When sanding just get it flush with the bushing and go a little below if needed. As you make more pens the bushings get sanded down smaller so watch out for that since to small is worse then a little lip remaining on the pen.

I run the sandpaper from the bushing to the blank to feel for a lip and I sand accordingly.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-20-2010, 01:50 AM
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Love the burl! The bushings are (I think) made a tad large as they will wear down over time as you hit them with sand paper and, every once in a while a tool which surprisingly will take some metal off as my son learned one day! That said, I think there is more of a variation in the pen kits over the bushings as some of our pens (Wall Street/Gatsby) are flush, some are just proud of the barrels and one turned out way low...go figure! Personally, I don't mind if it's a wee larger.

Here we did a cartridge pen and we took the wood right to the bushing (mallee burl, by the way).

When assembled it was near perfect in size with just a very slight rise due to the finish.

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