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Old 09-09-2018, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Just wrapping up details of my first large order - 20 Slimline Pros in Holly.

Any advice on making things easier/quicker?

Once the details are wrapped up I'm going to get them to make a deposit of at least the parts cost.

Do they make long mandrels so you could turn two pens at once?

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Go into "production" mode. Cut all the blanks to length, marking and pairing them as you go. Then, drill them all at once; next, glue them all, etc. It saves time.
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I would avoid trying to turn more than one on a mandrel - the "jump rope effect" might start to impact your end result. (I usually don't even turn both barrels of one pen at a time if I don't have to do so - I use a PSI center mandrel so set up is very quick.)

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Just wrapping up details of my first large order - 20 Slimline Pros in Holly.

Any advice on making things easier/quicker?

Once the details are wrapped up I'm going to get them to make a deposit of at least the parts cost.

Do they make long mandrels so you could turn two pens at once?

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What Gregory said is good advice. You don't need center whip to ruin your work. I have a board with 1/16" dowel set upright and spaced evenly. I put turned blanks on those and spray finish with a self leveling lacquer. Can do a lot in a short period of time. Congrats on the nice job commission.
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I had twenty five 50CAL bullet pens to make. The first thing I did was cast all the blanks then started turning them one at a time. That was boring and slow. I then drilled and glued all but the first 5, because I had finished them. The next thing was to put them on the lathe and trim and round them all getting them ready to shape and sand. Then I put them back on the lathe and finish each one individually. One reason I decided to do this was it was very hot in the garage so this made quick easy steps that didn't take long. I'm always looking for easier ways but like mentioned before don't go to the point of compromising on quality. Always take your time to finish each pen.
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I received my first large order of 50 pens about 8 years ago and have been in the production mode ever since.
Gregory and Frank gave good advice. I only use the mandrel for sanding, finish application and polishing before buffing.
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I would avoid trying to turn more than one on a mandrel - the "jump rope effect" might start to impact your end result. (I usually don't even turn both barrels of one pen at a time if I don't have to do so - I use a PSI center mandrel so set up is very quick.)

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Whoa those are cool. I had never heard of them. Thanks!

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I would avoid trying to turn more than one on a mandrel - the "jump rope effect" might start to impact your end result. (I usually don't even turn both barrels of one pen at a time if I don't have to do so - I use a PSI center mandrel so set up is very quick.)

https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKMBCM2.html
Whoa those are cool. I had never heard of them. Thanks!

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If you TBC then you don't need mandrel or bushings.
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The order I had of 22 euro style slim lines was in spalted wood, so I used the above described production method of cutting all, then drilling all, then gluing all then turning all. At that time, I made sure to mark the 2 blank sets so I didnít accidentally mix them.


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If you do every step individually, make SURE to test the first one to be sure you have drilled the correct size hole. Otherwise, if the hole is too large you have a bunch of wasted blanks.
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