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Old 05-19-2017, 12:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Default Thanks all!

Thanks all for the warm welcome! The idea of trying a 2x4 sounds a tad scary! I might try a 2x2 to start though.
I bought some really cheap chisels from Harbor freight, but I don't have a bench grinder, and
really, no place to keep one, so I ordered some easy start carbide chisels that I just got yesterday.
I'm going to set up the lathe and get organized this weekend, and I appreciate all your encouragement!
My only other question is, at what speed do I turn at? The lathe I have is a variable speed 750-3200 rpm. I don't recall from the pen class I took what speed they started at.

Thanks again so much for all of the comments, tips and support!
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I mentioned 2x4 because they are dirt cheap and easy to get. I would cut them into 2x2 either on the band saw or table saw before using. If you don't have either of those picking up a 2x2 and cutting it into 6" lengths will work fine.
When doing pens I seldom go below 1000 rpm usually 2000 or higher.
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