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Forum topic by Muzzy17 posted 11-17-2014 03:57 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2014 03:57 PM

I am looking to try my hand at some pen turning and am looking to get started with as low costs as possible since I’m already driving my wife crazy as it is. I need a mandrel setup for starters for a 1 mt headstock. I have a few blanks but need some pen kits and any info and tips you could offer. Also a good suggestion for a collet chuck or a good used one if you have an extra. I have an old Stanley plane I might trade for some stuff if anybody is interested.

-- Deep rooted Southern Boy and set in my ways!

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 04:38 PM

Penn State Industries has about the lowest prices on pen turning kits and supplies. They have free DVDs on pen making as well. I started with slimline pens at first, as they’re the least expensive and easiest to turn. You’ll need kits, bushings that match the kit, adhesive to glue the tubes into the blanks, a way to square the ends of the blanks I use a barrel trimmer), a drill press to drill the blanks for the tubes,and a finish. I’m sure I forgot something.

If you’ve never turned a pen, Youtube has tons of videos. is also an invaluable resource.

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 05:04 PM

I prefer Berea Hardwoods for quality and reasonable cost on everything including shipping.

Like any pen kit vendor quantity discounts, sales or specials to bring down cost.

Except for Craft Supplies, both Berea and Penn State also have resellers, you will learn about those in time too!

-- Bill

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