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I started my woodworking out doing scroll saw work, which I still enjoy.
I went to a woodworking show and I made a pen I liked that a lot so I just bought the Turncrafter Commander 10" Variable Midi Lathe. I have to get a stand and I am looking forward to working on it. That being said I'm sure I will have numerous questions!!

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#1 posted 09-13-2016 04:01 AM

This is the pen marred I got with the psi lathe package. It looks like this, what are the black round things, how do you remove them how do you connect the mandrel to the heastock? Thanks for any answers

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#2 posted 10-31-2016 07:08 AM

That’s an adjustable pen mandrel. The black round things have flats on them for wrenches or pliers. The left one is to grip the mandrel, the right one is to unscrew the collet that holds the long rod in place. With the collet slightly unscrewed, the long rod can be moved in and out on the rod,and locked down again when the appropriate length is reached. The large diameter thing further left is called a Morse Taper, usually abbreviated MT. There are generally two sizes used, depnding on the diameter of your headstock. They are usually referred to as MT1 and MT2. Yours is the larger diameter MT2. The other end of the mandrel should have a threaded end with a large brass nut to tighten down your blank pieces. This mandrel adjustment is used so that the pen blank pieces that you have previously cut to the proper length, with the brass tubes glued into them, will mount conveniently on the mandrel rod. The mandrel rod itself is a 7mm diameter rod, the usual size for most pen kits. You will also need pen blank bushings of the size necessary for the pen you are making. The bushings go in the middle and between the ends of the blanks, so that you know the proper diameter to turn the blank pieces down to. The threaded screw end of the mandrel rod should have a dimple in the end so that the pointy end of your tailstock will lodge in it to prevent the whole thing from vibrating when you do the turning.

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