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  1. New Member Introductions
    Grampa was a carpenter by trade. Knowing I always wanted to learn the skill, the family pass on to me pretty much everything in his shop. Eight years later, I bump into someone at Lowe's who enlightenedr me to exactly what treasures I had in my garden house. Since then, "Santa" added on a new...
  2. Woodturning
    I have been experimenting with different stones for inlay in wood pens. Some turn easily with carbide tools, but I have come up against one too hard to be affected by carbide tips-ruby sapphire. I am at a loss as to how to proceed. I have thought about diamond tipped tools but do not know the...
  3. Woodturning
    Just a shot in the dark but I am getting into pen turning strictly as a hobby and was wondering if any of you guys have any pen turning supply's lying around that you might part with on the cheap. Anything from bushings brass tubes, barrel trimmers, mixed and matched pen parts would be...
  4. Woodturning
    tl;dr - Finished my first pen and I'm not sure why I have small scratches. So last night after 3 attempts (I'm a bit of a perfectionist) I turned my first pen. Or at least got to an acceptable state. The only problem is that there are small scratches in the finish/wood that when you look...
  5. Woodturning
    I have an idea for a pen blank but have no clue how to do it. I want to take a few different species of wood and cut them into 1/16" pieces and glue them together and then steam and twist the blank to make a unique pen blank and then turn into a pen. The problem is I have the idea but have no...
  6. Woodturning
    I picked up a couple of pen blanks at Rockler, the first one I tried turning was the wild choke cherry. It didn't go too well ... a huge chunk tore out of the middle one section, a smaller one tore off at the end of the other. At this point, the best I can do is try to make this into a...
  7. Tool Reviews
    I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on different lathe models. I am new at turning, and want to start with pens and such. I am a disabled vet, so I am on a limited budget. I want the best quality machine for the money. I am thinking somewhere under $300.00. Please give me some...
  8. Woodturning
    Hey there I'm new to this community here, so as a little debut present to everybody I'm going to share this promo code for a turning supply store I found: Pedigree Wood Crafts Anyway, here's the code: 1195642 Just type in the code when viewing your car BEFORE checkout, and save 35% off any...
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