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Old 01-26-2011, 08:23 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Your about an hour and a half from me, If you like PM me and well work out a time you can come to my shop and "play" for a few hours or so, I have probably all the above mentioned stuff (and then some) that way you can see what works for you, save some time and a lot of money buying the wrong stuff. I don't have a lot of experence in pen making but I make about 8 or 10 a week and have all kinds of equipment to play with
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Now that is an offer you really should try hard to take advantage of. You can read and look and ask questions for weeks, but you will learn more in an hour of watching somebody do it and trying it yourself. I was not fortunate enough to know anyone that turned when I first started, and I still have stuff I bought thinking I would need it and never used. (not as much as I used to, but still have some) :-)
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Yes, my back ground is in the metals area...and yes things are a LOT different. The one that amazes me is holding the workpiece while cutting it off. Do that on a metal lathe and you will either get red meat for the dogs dinner or loose something completely. I have a learning curve to go thru for sure.

@daves I will take you up on your offer. I will PM you so we can set it up. I appreciate your offer.

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Well I ordered everything Wednesday based on all this great input from everyone here. 4 orders, 3 are already received. Now if Pennstate will just ship my order from them.

Next step, visit a local turner and watch and learn.

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If you did not order a pen press yet, I'd recommend getting a 1/2 ton arbor press. Smooth, powerful, and holds pen vertically, which for me made perpendicular alignment during pressing so much easier. Got mine for $35 at Harbor Freight. You will want to put a protective plastic pad on the ram (Delrin, UHMW, etc), although I pressed pens in a woodworker's vise at first, just using small pieces of plywood as the soft jaws. And you may need to fabricate a different base when pressing tall items. (I used aircraft grade plywood.) All is easy to do with normal woodworking tools. Several of the books on pen turning cover using an arbor press.
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Just remember that PSI is in the current snow belt and got hammered earlier this week. I placed an order this morning and it has already shipped so they are back up and running.
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Lee, I grabbed a couple of scrap pieces of UHMW from work. They were relining a couple of hoppers. Nice timing. I have a clamp to start with and I may try using my lathe too if they assemble easy enough.

Don, I feel better now. I was getting concerned and almost ready to call and inquire. Thanks for the reminder of the snow out there. I wonder how many people did not make it to work for a few days there.......That'll put a hooker in the shipping.
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I have finally received everything to get started!

I have a lot of pine that I will begin with. Hey it was free. If i blow it out, oops. I have some hardening in soap and water. I Hope what I read was right. If not, it is free wood anyway.
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