The New Guy
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Down south, where the food is good.
I'd like to start my journey with my new lathe with some pens. They seem simple enough, but once again, my ignorance strikes again. I plan on getting a drill chuck for the tailstock, if for no other reason than to just make drilling perfectly centered holes easily. That's not just useful for pens; plenty of ways that can come in handy. Anyway, I've found basic pen starter sets, and regular pen starter sets, and an advanced pen starter set, and some super duper ultra deluxe pen starter sets... They all have different stuff in them, and I don't want to buy a bunch of items I don't need.
Is there a specific chuck that I need for the pens, or will a standard 4 jaw chuck work? I don't have one yet, but I plan to get one anyway. Once I get the pen blanks turned, do I need a pen press to fit it all together, or will a block of wood and a light tap with a hammer work just as well? Is there a specific finish that works best on the pens, or a standard finish that's used? I hate bugging you with these newbie questions, but there's nothing better than the advice of those that have been there and done that.