Pen Bushings, teach a noob! - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 12-04-2008, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
Rocker, Geek, Woodworker
 
kingswarrior777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Posts: 18
View kingswarrior777's Photo Album My Photos
Send a message via AIM to kingswarrior777
Question Pen Bushings, teach a noob!

Hey everyone, this is my first post as I am new to wood working and new to the forum.

My Grandfather is getting older and he and my Grandma decided that it is time to clean out his wood shop. I am the happy recipient of a good deal of his equipment. (I used to work with him when i was younger making things for teachers at school around christmas time. good memories)

I am getting a lathe, very old. A 12" bansaw, router table, table saw, sander, planer, drill press etc. (I will take pictures when my shop is set up in the basement)

Here is what I need to know. I would like to start on the lathe with pen turning because it looks like a good way to teach myself somethings. But I am a bit confused about the bushings. Do I need to buy a new set of bushings for each different pen kit I pick up? if so that is a lot of money. Where is a good place that has bushings that can be used on many different types of pen kits?

Any advice on starting this venture back into woodworking is welcome!
kingswarrior777 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 12-04-2008, 12:29 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I'm not much of a pen turner. I've only used 2 styles and they take different bushing, drills and mandrels. If you go here you will find all the answers you'll ever need.
International Association of Penturners - Powered by vBulletin
john lucas is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 12-04-2008, 01:37 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Athens, AL
Posts: 52
View jwcole's Photo Album My Photos
Hello and Welcome. Pen turning was what got me started in turning. I bought my lathe at a Woodcraft store in Franklin, TN. I purchased all the initial stuff, bushings, drill bits, mandrel. Then, as I got more into it I found that there was a different bushing for most all different types of pen kits, and different drill bits. Luckily, they aren't that expensive ~5.00 for a set of bushings, about the same for a bit.

This web site has a lot of pen kits and it tells what bushings and bits it needs also it has downloadable instruction: Wood-N-Whimsies

If you got a local Woodcraft or other wood craft store close by visit it, they're usually very helpful at getting you started with the right stuff.

Jonathan
jwcole is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 Old 12-05-2008, 09:25 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: **** balls
Posts: 98
View jporter5333's Photo Album My Photos
jwc,
Could you give me the name of the woodcraft store in Franklin? I'm from dickson so it wouldn't be to bad for me to go there

thanks
jporter5333 is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 12-06-2008, 01:48 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Athens, AL
Posts: 52
View jwcole's Photo Album My Photos
209 South Royal Oaks BlvdWatson Glen PlazaFranklin, TN 37064 Phone: (615) 599-9638 Fax: 615-599-8524 [email protected]

It is just off I65 exit 65 go West turn left at first light and it is in the shopping center on the right.

I love that place...

Jonathan
jwcole is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 12-07-2008, 12:10 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: **** balls
Posts: 98
View jporter5333's Photo Album My Photos
Sounds like its off hwy 96 by the interstate. Close to the franklin gun shop.
jporter5333 is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 12-07-2008, 08:36 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Athens, AL
Posts: 52
View jwcole's Photo Album My Photos
That's my only point of Focus... There is a grocery and K-mart in the same little area. And a Home Depot just a little down the street.

Jonathan
jwcole is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 12-07-2008, 10:44 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Snohomish, Washington
Posts: 11
View brwoodcrafts's Photo Album My Photos
pen bushings

HELLO

I try to buy my pen kits at my local Woodcraft Store. In their catalog they have a listing of the kits with what bushings are needed for that kit. A set of bushings may fit more than one kit so keep track of the bushings that you have so you don't buy duplicates. I keep the bushings in the bag they come in, because they have the part number and what kit they go to. Hope this helps. Have fun

Brian
brwoodcrafts
brwoodcrafts is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 12-09-2008, 11:38 AM
No Longer Here
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,536
View frankp's Photo Album My Photos
Man, small world. My mom lives just outside of Dickson. Whoda thunk?
frankp is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 12-09-2008, 04:56 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 46
View woodchip's Photo Album My Photos
In general you will need a set of bushings for every kit you turn, or you could do the mandrelless that some people like to do. The IAP web site that John lucas pointed out will give you a wealth of information on anything you would want to know about pen turning. In my opinion you will need a set of calipers to help you make sure that the correct dimensions are achieved by measuring the kits parts. The reason i say this is because i have turned some pens to the bushing size and they would be a little proud or shy of the pen componets.
woodchip is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Noob mics_54 Forestry & Milling 5 11-04-2008 04:49 PM
NooB here! Firemanwas11B New Member Introductions 1 02-26-2008 06:40 PM
NooB chop em' up New Member Introductions 2 10-04-2007 05:18 PM
Minneapolis Noob! sukkaFOO New Member Introductions 3 09-09-2007 09:47 PM
noob Cracker New Member Introductions 9 07-12-2007 08:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome