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Forum topic by gridlockd posted 01-13-2012 03:15 AM 1171 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2012 03:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question turning milling

I am preparing to join the pen turning addicts, and need a bit of help. I have purchased a mandrel and some beginner pen kits. I have my blanks ready and have watched more video tutorials than I can count. I neglected to buy a barrel trimmer, however. Is there another way to trim barrels flush or is this the only way?

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 03:29 AM

I haven’t done a ton of pens but I’ve done more than a few. At this point, I wouldn’t waste your time with a half ass solution. Just spend a couple more bucks on the barrel trimmer.

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 04:13 AM

If you have a disk sander, you can either make a jig to square the blank to the disk or use the miter gauge that comes with many sanders. Barrel trimmers run around $10.


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#3 posted 01-13-2012 04:24 AM

if you use a disk sander make sure you square the blank to the barrel that you drilled into the wood. If the barrel is not square in the blank then your end wont be square

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 04:55 AM

Thanks all, I do have a disk sander, I’ll try that solution. It was total folly on my part, i was so excited about trying my hand at pens that i forgot about the trimmer. It’s not the cost, it’s the waiting that will kill me.

-- Gridlockd

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 02:07 AM

I got a nice 6 blade end mill with 4 pilots here..
Call Bryan first to be sure he still has them.
Also, since you have a sander, set it up to take most of the wood off and use the mill on the last few thousands. It is easier and there is less chance of tear out, and your endmill will thank you.

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 05:45 AM

I hope you can get started soon. I guarantee you will be hooked , just like so many of us. I finally posted my first pens today after almost three years of procrastinating. so, go have some fun. comeback and share.

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