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20 Tips to Turn a Nice Pen with Quality Pen Kits(Part 1)
Barry / 2018-07-25

This 20 tips on Better Pens is an introductory book on simple techniques that can help you improve your pen turning kit. There is no enough room to detail these points, but there are enough explanations to help you understand why these steps are important and what they can do to improve the results. Although using the 7 mm (9/32 inch) kit as an example, many of these concepts apply to a variety of other kit styles and freestyle pens. These 20 tips are certainly not all-inclusive, but cover the most important and easiest to implement to help your pen turning.
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Tip 1 - Start with quality components for Pen Kits
The best way to get high quality results is to start with quality pen kits for wood turning. If your pen is for practice, or if you plan to sell it at a local handicraft show, you can use a cheap kit to keep your money.
When creating a gift or selling an item in a high-end market, you must start with the highest quality components. Don't be confused by high prices for high quality. Anything you buy can pay too much. Learn about the quality differences between styles, manufacturers and retailers, and buy premium kits and components at the best price. The cost of the kit is low considering the time value you added to the final result. Another major component is that your blank cut from a piece of walnut (Juglans regia) may be for practice, but as a gift or a more desirable blank on the market. Stable, highly calculated blanks are usually worth investing
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Tip 2 - Use the most beautiful part of the blank
Don't simply divide the blank into two and be content with your end result. No matter which material you choose as a blank, there will usually be some blanks and less content. Search and use the most interesting parts of the blank to help make your end result more attractive. The end of the nib will get maximum visibility. Plan your layout and processing accordingly so that the most amazing parts of the blank material will eventually get there. You can place a blank part - or a defective part under the clip - because it is much smaller than the nib
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Tip 3 - Mark the interface to minimize the incision
Once you have the best visual layout, take the opportunity to mark the cut line on the blank and indicate the correct orientation of the interface for subsequent processing. As you continue, you need to know which endpoints are from top to bottom. This will ensure the best grain mix when you continue working. Even if you don't need blank materials, you can use this tagging program as a standard operation, which is your habit. It requires very little effort and can make a significant difference in the final stroke. I also recommend marking the interface end of the tube after facing the glue blank. This will help your direction, as the outer mark on the surface of the blank material will disappear when you start turning the material
Tip 4 - Drilling from inside to outside
You have solved the problem of minimizing the gap between the cut and the grain between the top and bottom of the blank. Random drilling without considering the interface will not help you with grain alignment. Mark the center of the hole at the end of the blank half and drill holes from these ends. The grain matching variation of any bore center error should be minimal. If drilling from the other end of the blank, the likelihood of visual mismatch is greatly increased. Although it seems obvious, many people do not mechanically mark the center of the blank used for drilling. The center punch mark, whether it is a manual punch or a spring-loaded center punch, can help the drill start precise drilling and there is less chance of the drill starting.