Pen Making is very popular among woodturners, with a wide range created from the functional to the very artistic.
|Sharpening The Pen Mill |
By: Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
This article tells us the proper way to sharpen our pen mills. It's very useful since they dull quickly cutting end grain and then small amounts of our brass tubes.
|Make your own Pen Bushings|
By: Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
This document contains the drawings and precise measurements for many of the popular pen kits. You can use these measurements to make your own pen bushings.
|Taking the Puzzle out of Pen Decals |
By: Raymond Sprouse
Personalizing a pen dramatically changes the appearance and value of the pen. Simply adding that little extra something changes that pen from a writing instrument, to a treasured personal item. In this article, I will demonstrate my method of adding decals to a pen. These decals can have names, logos, and pictures. With a little imagination, the sky’s the limit. This process is simple and requires little more than an inkjet or laser printer and some water decal paper. In this article, I will create a decal and add it to a buckeye burl pen blank on a Magnetic Graduate pen kit. Also in this article, I will show some other decal pens to give you a better idea of what can be done with this technique.
| The Penturner's Corner: Buffing your Pens for a Better Finish |
By: Don Ward
I really like the high gloss, shiny wet looking finish on the pens I make. No, not everyone likes that look. Some like a more satin natural look and even like pens with no finish at all. Others want the pen to darken and develop a patina as the pen is used and handled. For those pen makers, friction polish is the finish to use. I’ve been told, “I have a pen finished with friction polish and it looks as nice today as it did when I made it 4 yrs ago.” That has not been my experience with friction polish. Friction polish, in my opinion, is a good finish for items that are not handled and used daily. I used friction polish on my first pens and quickly decided the finish was not what I wanted for my pens.
|The Penturner's Corner: Adding Images to your Pens |
By: Don Ward
In this article, I show you how to add images to your pen turning blanks. This is a very creative process which allows you to make unique pen blanks.
|Pen-Blank Drilling Jig |
By: Raymond Sprouse
Use this jig to securely hold your pen blank while drilling a perfect center hole all the way through your blank. This jig ensures that your drill bit will not exit the side of your pen blank and removes your fingers from the danger zone of your drill press.
|Spindle Turning Pen|
By: Bonnie Klein
In this article, Bonnie explains how she turns a pen with a Gentleman’s Platinum Rollerball kit. She uses gold-dyed stabilized box elder burl for a wonderful pen. Her step-by-step instructions will make it easy for you to make one yourself.
|The Slimline Pen|
By: Barry Gross
The slimline pen is one of the most basic pens that you can turn. It makes for a lovely gift or present, or just keep it for yourself. In this article, Barry gives us a step-by-step description in how to make the slimline pen.
|Pen Turning 101|
By: Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk
In this article, Joe helps you get started in turning pens. He starts by explaining the anatomy of a turned pen. Then he switches over to the tooling needed and only then does he go through a step-by-step explanation of the pen turning process.
|Applying a BLO - CA finish to a pen|
By: John Taylor
In this article, John Taylor shows us how he applies a CA finish to a pen using BLO as his lubricant. This is a good article for those who have heard about a CA finish but have never attempted it. And if you've done it before you might pick up a few tips!
|Pen Drilling Jig|
By: Dave Hylands
In this article, Dave makes a jig for drilling the center holes in the pen blanks.
|Pen Blank Squaring Jig|
By: Ray Sprouse
This jig will help you square the ends after drilling for all types of stock.
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Square Mini Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tool
On Sale for only $49.99
List price: $79.99
This Square Carbide Mini Turning Tool from Rockler features a replaceable and rotatable cutter that eliminates the hassle and downtime of sharpening. Simply rotate the carbide cutter for a fresh, sharp edge, and replace it once all available edges have grown dull. The solid carbide cutter also stays sharp for longer when compared with steel, giving you a much longer useful life. Shaft features a flattened back for stability when using the tool rest. The handles are made of solid ash encased with a thick, molded rubber end for an enhanced grip and reduced fatigue.
Starter Pen Turning Kit
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $69.99
This kit contains all the essential tooling you need to start turning custom pens. It includes three pen blank species (bloodwood, bubinga and olivewood), three gold-plated Slimline Twist Pen Hardware Kits, a 7mm mandrel with knurled nut and #2 Morse Taper, 7mm bushings, a 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit, a 1 oz. bottle of CA Glue, a Pen Mill Kit for truing up all mating surfaces and a storage case with 28 adjustable compartments. The Pen Mill includes four pilot shaft sizes for a wide range of pen types.
Rockler Four-Piece Cheese Knife Turning Kit
7/8" On Sale for only $29.99
1 1/4" On Sale for only $39.99
List Price: $39.99
The cheese cutters are made from food-grade 304 stainless steel and attached to the handles which you turn. The kit includes 1/4-20 threaded inserts. The cheese cutters themselves are dishwasher safe; the handles are easily removed for this purpose.
GVS Elipse P100 Half Mask Respirator with 2 Bonus Filters, Small/Medium
For only $25.99
List Price: $37.98
These Elipse P100 Half-Mask Respirators from GVS are designed to protect against dust particles, metal fumes, mists, oil and water vapors, and even some micro-organisms. Each mask includes two low-profile filters, which permit a wide field of view, and won't interfere with safety glasses and sanding shields. The filters are easily interchangeable, and replacement filters are readily available.
Uvex Bionic Face Shield with Clear Polycarbonate Visor and Anti-Fog/Hard Coat
For only $32.74
List Price: $46.44
Shell offers built-in chin protection and extended top-of-head coverage. Highly adjustable headgear tilts visor nearer or farther from face depending on preference and application. Comfortable cell foam on back of headgear. Breathable, removable, washable headband. Comfortably worn with most goggles and respirators.
4-Piece Safety Kit
For only $19.99
List Price: $34.99
Push stick with ergonomic handle has embedded magnet for easy storage on your saw. Ideal for table saw and router table use. Angled push blocks feature ultra-grippy Bench Cookie pad material. They are great for jointer and router table applications. Table featherboard assists in holding stock against the fence while sawing or routing and helps to reduce kickback. It fits standard 3/4" x 3/8" miter slots found on table saws and router tables, and features expandable miter track bars for maximum holding power.
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