What extra bits do I need to make pens?*
I ve got a big oak branch in the back of my garage so that could be something to aim for.
Not sure as I fancy that drilling though.
*I mean apart from the pen kit of course.
1) some way to cut the wood into pen-blank-sized pieces (band saw?)
2) some way to hold the blank squarely and drill the hole for the tube (I use a drill press, a fence that I made with a V notch, and 3 clamps)
3) epoxy glue
4) some way to trim and square the ends after the tubes are glued in (either a disk sander or a gizzmo that fits in a drill, I think they're called "pen mills")
note: not everyone turns pens on a mandrel, some do it "between centres" but I don't know what parts are needed for that method -- (5) and (6) are for the way I do it.
5) a mandrel onto which the tubes slide
6) 3 bushings (for a 2-part pen) - one for each end, and one for between the barrel parts, specific sizes to match the pen kit you are making
7) a range of sandpaper grits, I often use 120, 180, 220, 320, 400 and 600
8) a finish of your choice -- oil, wax, CA glue, friction finish, etc
9) some way to press-fit the pen kit parts into the barrels (I use a wooden screw clamp)