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Old 10-05-2007, 03:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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The quill is the part of the drill pres that moves up and down. Travel is the distance the quill moves. If it is too short you need to drill the blank in two passes. Generally a pain in the A$$ and cause of possible oversized or out of round holes, neither of which is desirable.
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Old 10-05-2007, 05:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Hi Mike, and welcome from the sunny south of the UK [8D]
Happy turning matey[:D]
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Thanks Guys,

Anyone have suggestions for entry level drill press and turning tools?
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Hey Mike. Welcome. Woodcraft has a basic set of tools on sale that are fine to start with, $99 for a five peice set. Not the best and not the worst. Everyone has preference in lathes but the advice to buy the best you can afford is right on. I use a Jet mini myself. I did not start in pens, just graduated to them recently myself. I look forward to pictures of your work.
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Old 10-06-2007, 05:03 AM   #25 (permalink)
 
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Welcome Mike.
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Mike, Welcome to the Forum. Like others have stated, buy the best that you can presently afford. This is a 'growing' hobby and you WILL be back to the stores quite often as your abilities grow. Just try to target where you want to be in five years or so and plan on making the upgrades to bigger and better stuff during this period.

If you can I would go with a larger lathe with a #2 morse taper as there are far more accessories in that size. Look at a lathe with a larger motor than some of the smaller mini's have. This is one of the main reasons for folks upgrading - they have outgrown the capabilities of their motor in short order as their interests expanded.

HSS tools are a must and the better the quality, the better they work for you. Start considering how you are going to keep your tools sharp early on ... Tormek or JET wet sharpening machines will do the trick. The Tormek would be the Cadillac and the JET is a close second with the Tormek jigs (they fit the JET and are better made all around)

There many more ideas to pass around, but from all those already mentioned here in this thread, you should be off and running quite well. [:D]
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Welcome Mike![:D]
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:04 AM   #28 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the welcomes guys,

I just wanted to make a small list of the basic needed tools for pens and ask if it is correct.

Lathe
Drill press
Drill bits...what size?
Vise for Drill press for holes in blanks
Pen Mandrel
Chisels
Pen press

Is that enough to get started minus supplies?

Thanks,

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:30 AM   #29 (permalink)
 
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Mike,
A good drill press is a must. Be wary of the Ryobi at HD. It has the required quill (travel) but the runout or wiggle of the drill is unacceptable IMHO. Other's may have had a different experience but after 2 Sears benchtops and 2 ryobe benchtops I finally took the plunge and got the floor model Rigid from HD. Sorry situation, I've had it for a couple weeks and haven't had a chance to use it yet.
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