Hello fellow woodworkers! If you enjoy working with wood and want to learn more aspects of this hobby, then penturning is a great idea for your next project. However, as with any hobby, there are certain supplies you will need in order to proceed. Here is a basic list of all the materials you will need to start making your own pens.
1. Lathe- If you are only interested in making pens, then any lathe will work fine. There are many companies that make mini lathes. These are ideal for making pens.
2. Turning Tools- Without the proper tools, you will not be able to do anything with your lathe. You will need a few basic carving tools. There are many kinds to choose from, and the pros all have their own opinions on which ones work best. Stores often sell “penturning kits" with some tools that will help specifically with this hobby.
3. Pen Blanks- This is the most fun part to choose. You can get blanks that are wooden, metal, plastic or other materials. They come in a variety of colors, so you can choose exactly how you want your pen to look.
4. Pen Kits- Pens also come in a variety of styles. They vary in shape, size, and color so you can again choose exactly what you want. Beginners often start with slim-line kits, but there is no reason you couldn't successfully make any kit on your first try.
5. Mandrel and Bushings- You will need a pen mandrel to go into your lathe. This is the part that spins and holds the pen blanks in place. You will also need bushings for your chosen kit to go on the mandrel. Bushings allow you to know what size to make the pens.
6. Finishing Supplies- This includes glues, oils, sandpaper, and everything else for adding that professional appearance to your pens. There are many options here, so you can choose your own way to finish the pen.
This is only a basic list to get you started, but you can see that you really don't need a lot of materials to make pens. The time it takes you to get the materials is not that long, and that takes even longer than actually making pens. Have fun and happy turning!
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