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Project by Steve posted 01-08-2011 10:57 PM 1538 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would try pen turning. Not being sure if I would like it, I bought one of those Penn State drill press attachments. I figured if I didn’t like it, I would only be out $20. Not only did it work, it was a lot of fun. The downside is, now I’m a bit poorer as I ordered a 12” mini lathe. I’ve never turned and found it quite fun and addictive. Now I’ll be able to try turning other things as well. The first pen is kingwood and was for my wife. The second is tulip wood and for my dad to go with his pen holder w/clock I made. As soon as the lathe arrives I’m going to be turning 25 more pens. They’re for the women at the cancer center where my wife just finished her treatments.

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 03:50 AM

I have kicked around the idea of getting into this but haven’t taken the plunge. I think I would like it but have never done any type of turning. These look great, one day I’ll just do it! Look fwd to seeing the 25.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 04:30 AM

great looking pen,,try the designer series pen and pencils from PSI, they are great looking pens, the cigar pens make great looking pens too. The cocobolo blanks are great looking wood when turned and sanded down. Next you’ll be practicing your CA finish on pens…fun stuff pens are..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 07:41 AM

Great looking pens I am just getting started with pen turning myself, I have a Shopsmith for a lathe so start up was cheap for me.

-- Its all about the jigs

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