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Old 10-02-2013, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hello from Culloden, WV

Will I follow orders - Jeff's intro email direct new members to this forum & ask them to do their first post.

I have turned 3 wood pens and enjoyed doing it ... My technique is very crude but I'm working on it.

Have a used Jet mini lathe - the one that requires you to change belts for different speeds. I bought a router speed control fthat I've used vs changing belts when I sand. My drilling and assembly jigs are 'home made'. Just ordered a Peachtree drilling jig - should be here today. Have bought kits from Woodcraft and Penn Industries.

I belong to a local Woodworker club where there a number of folks there that turn pens. They have been very helpful ...

While in San Diego for work I bought the book - Pen Turner's Bible. Read it on the trip home.

I'm struggling with the sanding - how to know which grade to start with and how to progress to the next grade. In the Pen Turner's bible he recommends 220 and finish with 440. Don't have the 'eyes' yet to identify scratches. I don't like wood pens that have been finished such as they look acrylic. I have been using Super Glue as finish.

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Old 10-02-2013, 09:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome Gerry.
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Hi Gerry,


The better you get a turner, the higher the grit you will likely be able to start at.

What helped me a lot was getting a pair of safety glasses (from Woodcraft) that have a 2x magnifying bifocal type thing to them. I could see the scratches much more clearly with those and then my sanding and finishing improved significantly.

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Welcome from Sunny St Cloud, Fla. Home of beautiful Florida wood.
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Welcome aboard, Gerry.

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome aboard, from Sydney Australia.

Keep reading the posts daily, and you will gather the answers to most of your Questions.
There are a lot of top turners out there, who are regularly sharing their knowledge and experience.
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Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
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