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Old 01-09-2018, 07:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there an easy way to support a dip pen handle while turning? This is much like a thin spindle being turned and it looks like something is needed to support the thin end while turning.

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Check out google for "String steady". You'd need to make a steady frame out of ply, several screws to hold the string using waxed coated string is better.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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"something is needed to support the thin end while turning"

If you are concerned only about the thin end, a cup-shaped live center may suffice.

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I'll probably get shouted down by safety gurus, but I have used the index finger of my left hand to back up the tool on thin spindles.

Mal is right. Of course you also need some sort of tailstock support.

Also do a google search on woodturning trembleur


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Old 01-09-2018, 12:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a video of a production turner making a finial -- a bit shorter than a dip-pen nib holder, but it's still "long and thin".

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