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post #1 of 4 Old 08-15-2011, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Turning Pens for Client Gifts?

I am a financial planner and am trying to think of something unique that I can give out to my clients. I thought some pens and/or pencils turned by myself would be a nice personalized gift. However, I have no turning equipment or experience. How realistic is it that I could turn out about twenty or so quality pens before Christmas for my top tier clients? Cost-wise, it looks like they would be in the neighborhood of $10 each for the supplies. Is that accurate? Finally, how much time would I be looking at in order to learn the art and then producting the pens?

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Matt, check out Penn State Industries. They have a complete get you started pen turning set up. Basic slimline design, slimline pro or any single tube pen you will be able to do this by Christmas easy (provided you have some spare time). Basic pen turning is one of the easiest things to do in the turning world. Have fun.

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I think you can learn to turn pens before Christmas, not sure about $10.00 for supplies.
Need following tools and equipment:
Lathe
*Turning tools: !/2” or ĺ” skew chisel, 3/4 “ roughing gouge, diamond parting tool. Pen turners lean toward parting tool.
**Pen Mandrel
Barrel trimmer recommend 7 piece universal set
Bradpoint drill index set
Digital Calipers
Sharpening system and sharpening jig system. I use a dry grinder and wolverine sharpening jig system.
Drill press or drill on the lathe your choice.
250 grit to 600 grit sand paper and set of micromesh.

There are three major suppliers of pen kits and pen making supplies.

Berea http://www.bereahardwoods.com
Crafts Supplies http://woodturnerscatalog.com
PSI http://www.pennstateind.com

*would buy individual turning tools vice set. PSI carries Benjamin’s Best pretty inexpensive okay for just starting out.

** buy the pen mandrel from where going to buy your pen kits and bushings.


Berea & PSI have many resellers that sell their pen kits. Some resellers sell cheaper grade kits that may have quality issues.

Go hang out at IAP, lots of knowledge

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http://www.woodturnerruss.com/pen10.html

Recommend looking at Russ’s site for how it is done.

You may want to turn other type pen kits and that is okay.
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