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I just turned my first pen this weekend and it turned out really well. Today I noticed a small crack in the pen that wasn't there before. I understand that this can happen and I am wondering what I can do to prevent it. I have heard that stabilizing your blanks prior to turning by using wood hardener will help to prevent this. Is that true? Are there better methods?

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Ken,
I have turned a bunch of pens over the years and not had any crack. Was the blank you used dry? When you see stabilized blanks advertised, they are usually some kind of burl, which inherently has a lot of small voids and flaws in it. You can use CA glue to fill in the voids and hence, stabilize the piece.
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if the blank was wet the sudden change of temperature from cold shop to warm house can make it split.
if it was dry then im not sure
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Did the wood overhang the brass tube?

If so, press-fitting the nib and/or clip could put pressure on the wood and cause a crack -- as could simply pressing too hard when inserting the fittings. (DAMHIKT)

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you will get cracks mostly with oily woods like cocobolo and ebony. getting them to hot while drilling out blanks or heating them up with a fiction polish and or sanding. which wood was you using?

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The wood I used was padauk an it was plenty dry. I took good care to make sure the wood didn't overhang the tubes.

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Here is a pic of my first pen. This photo doesn't show the crack. I'll post a pic that does later.
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nice pen, shame it cracked
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