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Craftprokits Getting Started in Pen Turning Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something uniquely satisfying about turning your own writing pen. Want to learn more? Express your skills and passion for woodturning by reading our helpful guide on turning handcrafted writing pens.

What’s Required • Pen mandrel • Bushings • Suitable pen blank 3-5mm longer than your brass tube • Drill bit

• Barrel trimmer • Z-Poxy 5 or 30 Minute Resin • Abrasives 240g, 400g, 600g Wet & Dry • 1/4” Bowl Gouge or 3/4” Roughing Gouge

• 1/2” Skew Chisel • Parting Tool • Burnishing Cream

Drilling the Blanks on a Lathe Note: If you have a pillar drill you can drill the blank/s using the Quick Action Pen Blank Vice.

Mount the blanks in the chuck spigot or pen jaws and turn a pilot hole in the centre of the blank.

Mount the drill bit in a Jacobs/ drill chuck in the lathe’s tailstock and slide the assembly so the end of the drill bit lines up with the pilot hole. Lock the tail stock in position.

Start up your lathe at 500 rpm and drill through the centre of your blank. Remove any build up material around the drill bit.

Once drilling is complete, remove the drill from the blank by sliding the tailstock back, then switch off the lathe. Remove the blank from the chuck.

Rotate the brass tube(s) and spread the glue equally around.

Insert the brass tube into the pre-drilled hole in the blank and then push the tube in using another brass tube or piece of wood.

Remove any excess glue and place the blank down to harden. Leave for 30 minutes.

Remove the excess glue to square up the ends of the barrel.

The end of the blank is left clean and square.

Gluing the Blanks

Use Z-Poxy 5 or 30 Min Epoxy Resin or another of your choice. Place equal amounts of resin and hardener on a scrap piece of wood and then mix the two well.

Barrel Trimming

Use a barrel trimmer to remove excess glue from the blanks. Insert the drill shaft down into the brass tube and power up the drill.

Lathe Assembly If you are using the Deluxe Pen Mandrel, fit the tapered end into the headstock. Make sure the tapered bushings are in place to protect the collet using the correct bushing set. If you are using the Evolution Pen Mandrel insert the fixed tapered end into the headstock. Assemble the bushings and pen blank(s) as illustrated. Bring the tailstock with the live centre into contact with the mandrel which will centre the whole assembly. Clamp the tailstock in position. Tighten the end collet and the end nut if using the Deluxe Pen Mandrel.

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