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newbie needs help, pen turning

hi, having problem with drilling my blanks with the drill press, when drilling it starts out fine then it comes out off center at the end, everything is plum and level. and i'm just using a vise the i bought at lowes. i would appreciate any help. thanks Marion
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Once you are on the lathe the variations should work themselves out unless you are REALLY off center. The pen body isn't very thick.

If there is a woodcraft nearby they have pen turning classes on a regular basis. Might be worth looking into.
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Several things to try. Use brad point bits if you're not already. Slow down the feed of the bit. Back it out often to clear chips. It's the grain of the wood and the clogging of the bit that will make it wander off center. On thinner tubed kits it won't be a problem. On thicker tubes, I start with a slightly larger blank just in case.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Once you are on the lathe the variations should work themselves out unless you are REALLY off center. The pen body isn't very thick.

If there is a woodcraft nearby they have pen turning classes on a regular basis. Might be worth looking into.
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Several things to try. Use brad point bits if you're not already. Slow down the feed of the bit. Back it out often to clear chips. It's the grain of the wood and the clogging of the bit that will make it wander off center. On thinner tubed kits it won't be a problem. On thicker tubes, I start with a slightly larger blank just in case.
I agree with both but another thing is either get or make a centering jig. You probably can make a set of jaws with a v groove in each side for your Lowes vise which will help keep it straight.
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I just use an old style hand screw clamp to
hold the blank vertical and center mark it. Certain woods are more prone to this than others too.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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