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Old 03-23-2017, 12:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Diane...........Go to Exotic Blanks. Ed has a bunch of videos that explain how to make a basic pen. Watch them and see if you are doing something different.
You really are doing the right thing by asking questions. No such thing as a dumb question. Easier to deal with then an accident
IF it is a spacer or bushing problem.......you will see it right away.

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thanks--all--I've learned several things today--upload pix by 'go advance'; 'quick reply' to answer questions; spacers are NOT bushings; and most of all--everyone here is so friendly & helpful especially to 'newbies'--I'll order bushings now! maybe when we return from vacation I'll have the 'bushings' and will finally be able to turn & make my FIRST PEN!!!

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Also I'll check out Ed's videos --TY so much!
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I'm assuming you have a brass tube glued into the blank. Those "spacers" are what are used for Slimline pens (7mm). If the blank is tubed, and the mandrel is tightened, then I can't see how the blank can still spin. Now if there were no tube in it, really, it still ought to spin (though not true) as the spacers put pressure on it. If you are making any other type of pen, then you will want the proper bushings as those "spacers" will go right up inside a larger tube.

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anyone located near you Diane that is a member here would probally let you watch them make a pen. One thing I see right away is that your rest is bigger than most of us would use. Not saying it can't be done but a smaller rest would get closer to the work and make it safer for you.

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good idea!!!I have a smaller one but didn't change it out--I'll start using it when doing small turnings--thank you for your suggestion

Also, when we go through Birmingham, we're stopping off at WoodCraft store as a stop on our vacation

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There is so much info still left out. I see one blank on the mandrel in that photo. Still do not know the kit being used. Also how did you glue the tube in?? What glue did you use to glue the tube in?? Did you square the ends??? How did you square the ends??? From the photo the blank did not have the corners knocked off. Also not knowing your turning skills it maybe you are presenting the tool below the blank too much. As we all get acquainted more things like this work themselves out. Just a feeling out process to help you better.
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Hi Diane,

I see from your pic that you have an offset tool rest holder in the banjo. For most turning, simply use the tool rest right in the banjo. Your current setup will allow for some chatter of your cutting tool/chisel as the force of the cutting is not directly supported by the banjo.

You have an excellent penturner between you and Birm. His name is Phil and he is in Columbiana. His IAP name is firewhatfire.
The good folks at the Pelham/Birm Woodcraft can also help you out.

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Diane...........Go to Exotic Blanks. Ed has a bunch of videos that explain how to make a basic pen. Watch them and see if you are doing something different.
You really are doing the right thing by asking questions. No such thing as a dumb question. Easier to deal with then an accident
IF it is a spacer or bushing problem.......you will see it right away.

Keep us informed.
Correction: There is such a thing as a dumb question It's one I don't know the answer to LOL
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