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Old 04-01-2013, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi everyone!! I am a 14 yo who has been turning/selling handmade pens. I am not very rich so I have about the cheapest tools around. Due to being 14 my whole income is from the pens I sell. My parents are upper middle class but show no interest in paying for tools ext. they just like the finished product. I was just recently able to purchase the carbide finisher with replacement cutting heads from woodcraft. Have only been able to turn one pen with it but so far I'm liking it a lot. Thanks for reading and for turning pens and I have absolutely no experience with skews what do you all recommend in size and type/style or skew.

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hello from Washington. As for a skew I like a 3/4" just remember when you first buy it, it won't be sharp enough to use and it is just about impossible to learn how to use a skew if it is dull. Don't be scared to ask questions. We also like to see pictures of your work.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Hi thanks for you opinion! I appreciate it. I will upload pics as soon as I figure out how to. Also for sharpening in general I currently own no sharpener. My uncle sharpens my tools occasionally. This is why I bought the carbide replaceable tool. What do you use to sharpen your tools? Do you have any cheep sharpeners to reccomend?? Thanks

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Also If you want to see pics you could go to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marcusshandmadepens.
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Hi and Welcome to the addiction also about your carbide finisher replacement cutting heads check around some of your local woodworking tool suppliers ask for carbide planner blades. I've been getting round cutters for a little over $10.00 and square ones for $3.00
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Hi thanks for you opinion! I appreciate it. I will upload pics as soon as I figure out how to. Also for sharpening in general I currently own no sharpener. My uncle sharpens my tools occasionally. This is why I bought the carbide replaceable tool. What do you use to sharpen your tools? Do you have any cheep sharpeners to reccomend?? Thanks
G'day mate, welcome to IAP all the way from the land of the Kangaroos...!

Sharpening tools, can be a bigger issue than turning pens however and from what you shared with us, shame that your parents aren't willing to contribute for your passion for turning/making pens, etc., particularly in our days where young people of your age, are more interested in drugs, alcohol and all sorts of mischief than, staying home and be productive while getting an education so, my 10 points to you for being one of us...!

As for sharpening a skew, you can do a very good job with a medium quality wet stone, found in any hardware store for a few bucks. Any straight edged cutter can be sharpen on these type stones, a little slow but efficient and when you hit something bad that damages the edge, you can always ask your uncle to get it a new edge and then you continue to keep it sharp with the stone.

Later on, when you can afford a sharpening system or simply a good grinder with quality wheels, you have then a number of possibilities to assist the various gauges shapes sharpening, with accessories that can make that job a quite easy one.

Don't forget to watch lots of Youtube videos on the use of the skew, taking particular attention of how much higher the tool rest has to be set at, position of the harms and what part of the skew edge touches the wood and how much, than is practice, practice, practice, any piece of clean wood you find, is good enough for that...!

Good luck...!

PS: As mentioned previously, we have a say here that goes like this, "No pics, didn't happen...!" this means that we all like plenty of pics...!

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Thank you!! I think my dad has a wetstone somewhere I could use. It is a shame that my parents won't help pay for anything. It sucks not being able to have a job also. I do make about 200 dollars a month but every nickel goes back into tools. Also I have watched about every YouTube video that has anything to do with skews and pen turning so I do know the do's and don't of skews. Thank you again!!!
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Welcome Marcus from Monroe Michigan. I think the carbide was a good decision until you develope your sharpening and honing skills, it will give you a chance to work on your turning. Give your parents some time, I dont have any idea what they do for a living, but your turnings may be a little "artsy" or "bohemian" for their sensabilities. Or they may want to see how you are able to take your earnings and re-invest them and grow your fledgling business. Either way you have found a fun way to spend your time, and a great resource here at the IAP.
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Hi Marcus, from Washington State. As for trying to get started without much money, I would postpone a purchase of a skew. I would concentrate on learning to use your carbide tool first. Why? Because many people decide they really like how it performs and go no further with a tool which will just sit. I have made pens for three years and don't own a skew, and don't plan to get one. What you have to remember is that there will be proponents of all different types of tools, techniques, etc. It is extremely easy to get caught up in the hype, and buy more than you need, which in this case would be detrimental to your development as a turner, because money would be wasted on something you don't need, and at the same time prevent you from getting something you really COULD use.

I hope this helps. I have learned that there is NO END to the things you can buy in this hobby, but not all of them are essential, especially when on a budget.
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