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Old 06-10-2015, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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As a new member I'm having a hard time finding a thread on purchasing newbie lathes? So I think this is a great idea.
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This is a great idea Chris! I hope everyone chimes in!

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Here's one to get things rolling, it's a guide explaining how the site works and how to get around: http://content.penturners.org/librar..._forum_faq.pdf
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#1 would be common sense. This is the premier site for making pens and purchasing necessary tools. Why would you look up other vendors when the best can be found by pressing the VENDOR at the top of the page.
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Can't figure out which lathe to buy? Check out this thread, Dan shares a lot of good thoughts. Choosing a Lathe
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In the above linked thread, Wildman (Bill) added a fantastic link to Neal Addy's site that goes into great detail about starting in woodturning. Getting Started in Woodturning - Introduction | Three Seasons Woodturning
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As a new member I'm having a hard time finding a thread on purchasing newbie lathes? So I think this is a great idea.
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As you look around the site and see the amazing works of art being produced here remember that these people made that first slimline that looked no better then your first pen , they just never said "I could never make anything that beautiful" . Over the years I have heard that line from people and unfortunately in most cases they were right . When you tell yourself you could never do that you handicap yourself in the worst way , once you think you can't you won't ever push yourself to try and push the envelope , to think outside the box . Attitude is as important as tools maybe even more important .

I know this won't be a popular statement to some but "forget the tutorials" , they are good to get ideas from and learn techniques from but they won't teach you how to think . All tutorials do is teach you to copy what that person did , not why they did it . Use them wisely but think for yourself .

As far as tools are concerned , you DON'T need that shiny new metal lathe to make almost any pen you will see here . Metal lathes have their place but all woods , plastics and common metals (brass , aluminum , copper and even gold and silver) can be turned with SHARP tools on a jet mini wood lathe with an accuracy equal to any metal lathe , all it takes is the proper techniques . Take the money saved on that metal lathe and spend it on quality turning tools and a really good sharpening system . Then take the time to learn how to use them properly (practice makes perfect) .
As far as turning tools are concerned get a Quality skew and learn how to use it . The skew is the most versatile turning tool there is but has a steep learning curve . Once you have mastered it you can get a finished surface that don't even need sanding .

Safety is something that is often overlooked when turning small items like pens but should not be . A pen blank turning at 3000 rpms can be a very dangerous thing if it comes flying off the lathe . At the very least you should never turn your lathe on unless you are wearing a FULL face shield . You cant turn pens if you can't see because that blank exploded in your face and hurt your eyes . SAFETY IS JOB ONE !!!

Last is what to make . Most start with slimlines and they are a great place to start . They are actually harder to make correctly then cigar pens or other larger pens due to the extremely thin walls of blank material left after turning . They are also a great pen to modify and make your pen unique .
Most new pen turners are afraid to make fountain pens thinking that they are somehow harder to make , well they are not . A fountain pen kit is just as easy to make as a ballpoint kit , only the ink delivery system is different . The nib/feed/ink supply is premade and just screws on to the kits hardware just as the ballpoint refill screws into or is inserted into the kit and transmission .

I hope this helps someone become a better penmaker .
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