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post #1 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Pen kit question

Sorry guys, another newbie question.

How universal are bushings among pen types?? I mean, if I buy a certain brand of slimline or european for example and get the corresponding bushings and then buy a different brand from a different website will the same bushings work?

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 11:37 PM
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Someone posted this same question just a week or so ago...look back a few posts and I'm sure you'll find it.

Look back to page 3, a post from 3/12/11 and there is a good link there.

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

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There are so many pen kits offered by so many different suppliers but, from what I have discovered is that many are the same. For example, the Rockler slim pen kit uses the same bushings as the American Slim from Woodcraft and the slim pen offered by PSI. The same holds true for the Woodcraft Wall Street II and the PSI Gatsby and so on. That said, I still tend to call the seller and ask if the bushings I have are truly compatible if the measurements aren't provided for me to check on my own.

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post #4 of 6 Old 04-05-2011, 06:16 AM
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Pen Kit Bushings and Tubes

http://content.penturners.org/articles/2009/bushingsandtubes.pdf


Kit manufacturers have not always been consistent making kit components and bushings. Kit bushings you bought from one supplier may or may not work with same kit components from another supplier.

Information provided nice to know, you should still inspect kit bushing when you get them.
Do bushing slide on mandrel without any slop? Do bushings fit your mandrel without using force? Measuring bushings and kit components before turning, applying a finish, and kit assembly will save you lot heartache. Sanding pen blanks and bushings at same time will shorten bushing life.

Think of bushings as consumable items it is cheap insurance.
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Thanks guys. I guess in the grand scheme of things, bushings are relatively cheap. My problem will be keeping up with all the different bushings, bits, etc. and remembering which goes with what. Guess I need to get organized.
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Get yourself one of those clear tackle box/organizers with the changeable dividers. I keep all my bushings, pen drill bits, barrel trimmers and spare tubes in these...makes life easy.

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