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I’m addicted to making wood turned pens. This is the first set of wood turned pens I’ve made on my woodturning lathe. I used the Rockler Starter Pen Kit and they came out fantastic.

First pen turning for beginners pen turning kit from Rocker.

The pen kit came with everything I needed. However, I also got a mandrel saver because I heard it’s worth it to put stress on the pen mandrel, and I certainly think it did the trick. Nevertheless, this pen starter kit is perfect for beginners.

Turning pens is fun, and quite easy. I’ve turned a few pots, bowls, and things of that nature. But getting the first pens under my belt was fun.

Rockler Pen Kit – Turning Wood Pens

  • Cut the pen blank into two pieces, both just longer than the brass tube inserts.
  • Use the drill bit that came with the kit to drill holes in the blanks for the tubes.
  • Scuff up the tubes with some sand paper and apply a liberal amount of CA to one tube, slide it into the wood blank. Tuck the tube in using the cap of the glue bottle – it should sit just below the surface on both ends of the blank.
  • Repeat with the second tube and blank.
  • Allow the blanks to cure for at least a few hours.
  • Us the Barrel Cleaner/Pen Mill Cutter Head to mill the ends of each blank down to the brass barrel.
  • Set up your lathe with the pen mandrel, slide the bushings and blanks on – Bushing/Blank/Bushing/Blank/Bushing and tighten down the nut and slide your tailstock up for support  (or use a mandrel saver without the nut).
  • Turn your lathe to high speed – 3400 rpms is my lathe speed for this.
  • Turn the blanks down to your desired size and design, making sure the ends of each blank meets the bushing, as this is the diameter of the pen parts.
  • Sand your pen barrels and apply the CA as a finish, or use a different finish if you prefer.
  • Assemble your pens.

 

By: Andrew Eaton

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