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Beginner's Guide To Penmaking

I love to try new things, especially if it's outside the normal realm of my previous experience. I've been intrigued with the idea of penmaking since I first heard of it. I've worked in the construction industry before, but never did any woodworking or fine craftsmanship and I never had the joy of operating a lathe so I thought I would document my first penmaking experience.

My dad owns a lathe and drill press so I knew I would have access to the basic tools and I asked my friends at Steebar to send me the basic items I would need to make a few pens. Having received previous items from them - I knew their packaging would be excellent and was not disappointed as you can see from the photos below.

Photo1: No chance of any shipping damage with this excellent packaging.

Photo2: Items included a set of turning tools, pre-drilled blanks, several pen & pencil kits, 7mm drill bit, mandrel, Instant CA glue and HUT perfect polish.

I did take a few minutes to watch the excellent 'Basic Penmaking' video to get a basic idea of how the process should be done. I'd recommend it as a good starting point for anyone - even experienced wood craftsmen. I also, printed off the penmaking instruction & assembly sheet from the site that matched the model number of my pen & pencil kits.

Prepare the blanks
After unpacking a few of the kits and blanks I roughed up the outside of the tubes with 100 grit sandpaper as per the instructions and then applied glue to the tubes and inserted with a twisting motion to ensure that the entire inside surface of the blank was glued to the tube.

Photo3: Roughing the outside of the tubes..

Photo4: Use a gap-filling CA Instant adhesive to glue the tubes to the blanks.

Photo5: Insert with a twisting motion to ensure a good bond.

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