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Old 10-24-2017, 08:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Be aware that some pen coatings on the hardware wear off rather quickly. Berea Hardwoods was very helpful to me with that question. If new to turning you might consider making some pens from inexpensive kits with short-life metal coatings, then buy kits with long lasting coatings for your holiday gift giving.
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Be aware that some pen coatings on the hardware wear off rather quickly. Berea Hardwoods was very helpful to me with that question. If new to turning you might consider making some pens from inexpensive kits with short-life metal coatings, then buy kits with long lasting coatings for your holiday gift giving.
I had no idea that was a thing! How can I tell the difference? As of now I have only made 4 pens so far. But have ordered a random assortment from PSI. I would love to be able to know the difference, so I know when I am getting ready for holiday gift giving!
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Be aware that some pen coatings on the hardware wear off rather quickly. Berea Hardwoods was very helpful to me with that question. If new to turning you might consider making some pens from inexpensive kits with short-life metal coatings, then buy kits with long lasting coatings for your holiday gift giving.
I had no idea that was a thing! How can I tell the difference? As of now I have only made 4 pens so far. But have ordered a random assortment from PSI. I would love to be able to know the difference, so I know when I am getting ready for holiday gift giving!
The Knurl and Vertex you ordered hold up nicely.
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I would suggest buying some Slimline comfort pen kits. 3 or 4 dollars a kit. Bigger center band, or you can throw away the center band and make them unique. You can even glue in the top tube, and not the bottom, and make them into a single barrel pen. Check the library on modified slimline pens. If you buy the funline arcylic bundle, the blanks are less than two bucks each. So for 5 bucks, you can make an acrylic pen and enjoy learning without breaking the bank.

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My learning pen was the Euro or Designer style slimline. I like the rounded top, enjoy turning the tenon for the center ring, vary the body style and went with copper on the first 20-25 I turned. Low cost, allows a lot of variation and can look nice. Will likely make something like the Big Ben my starting twist pen in the future to use the Parker style refill instead of the Cross.


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Thank you guys so much! Really appreciate all the feedback! I will keep chugging aling and when I finish up with the vertex and Knurls I will look at getting some slimlines. 3 bucks a kit has me really interested!

Thank you for your feedback. The insight has been incredibly helpful!
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A less expensive option is to buy a bag of extra tubes for the kits you select. Then turn extra bodies and select the best for assembly. Not every turned blank has to become a pen.
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A less expensive option is to buy a bag of extra tubes for the kits you select. Then turn extra bodies and select the best for assembly. Not every turned blank has to become a pen.
I often use scrap pieces of 2x4 that I rip into 3/4 x 3/4 blanks just to practice with. I will glue in tubes, and turn them. When I'm done, I just turn all the wood off the tubes and use them again. Ive been doing this a lot lately while figuring out ways to do segmented pens. Once I get my procedure down, I replace the scrap wood with a nicer blank and turn the pen for good.

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Trimline kit at PSI is a good learning kit. Not as small as a slimline. You can get 12 in 3 finishes for around 25.00 thru PSI,bushings are around 5.00. You probably already have the 7mm drill bit, most mandrels come with it. Depending on what you have for tools you can cut your own blanks or just buy a cheap set from Craft Supplies USA.
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Trimline kit at PSI is a good learning kit. Not as small as a slimline. You can get 12 in 3 finishes for around 25.00 thru PSI,bushings are around 5.00. You probably already have the 7mm drill bit, most mandrels come with it. Depending on what you have for tools you can cut your own blanks or just buy a cheap set from Craft Supplies USA.

I have been working exclusively with the 3/8 sized so far. As they are beefier and I feel are more forgiving. At least in my mind. I will definetly get myself some 7mm. I will order some trimlines 12 for 25 bucks is right up my alley! Thanks for the tip!

I have a decent assortment of tools, so I can make my own blanks. I have already done so for a few pens.
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