Pen Turning - Day 1
I wrote an earlier Shop Notes article how I had been sent to the pen intentionally last Christmas when my daughter and S-I-L gave me a pen turning parts package, a nice end drill vice for the blanks and a package of four wood turning blanks of several types of exotic wood.
All I needed (back then) was a buch of other fixin's and tools to turn the blanks.
I looked at my Taig micro lathe and realized it could make a wonderful pen blank turning lathe. I ordered several tool rests for wood turning so I could also put the tool rest in my on line store. I sold both before I had the chance to use the first one. Now I have more in stock. I bought the mandral that goes between centers fron a woodworking store but I also bought the material to make more of my own if I have too. They are not hard for a machinist to make. You can see it in the pictures.
While at the woodworking store I also bought a nice miniature set of woodturning tools. Very adequate for micro lathe turning. I didn't show them in this article. I also purchased a handfull of aditional pen internal parts kits as the kids only gave me one set. That is how I was able to make two pens this first day.
Follow along as I show the second pen under production.