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I'm new at this but I've turned about. 9 pens so far some turned out great and some not so great. My question is that I turn them flush with the bushing but when I put the pens together they are not flush with the pen parts. Could the pen part be wrong. ? Need help. Thanks marion
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Are you squaring up the ends of blanks with a pen mill?

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Are you wearing down your bushings while turning or sanding? Are you using the right bushings for the kit you are making? Mass produced bushings are not always the size or the hole centered when new. You can use a caliper to measure your pen parts & your bushings to check them before you start.

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Are you putting to much pressure on your mandril? I have done this and bent them. When this happens the pen will line up with one side not the other.
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+1 on the calipers. I turn em close to the bushings, and then sand, checking with the calipers as I go. Cheaper pen kits are not always consistent either.

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... when I put the pens together they are not flush with the pen parts. Could the pen part be wrong. ? Need help. Thanks marion
Are the turned barrels oversized or undersized compared to the kit parts?

If the turnings are larger than the nib & clip, it sounds like either your bushings are too large for the pen kits you are making -or- you are being too cautious and not turning & sanding all the way down to the bushings.

The first couple of pens I made I was too cautious; then I was too aggressive for a while and ended up with a few under-sized barrels ... I think I've got it under control now, but there is always the chance of a slip

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