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Feb 21st, 2010 at 5:11pm
 
Hello Folks!

Just thought I'd pop in and say "Hello".

I picked up a lathe a while ago and its been sitting idle in the basement while I built a little workshop. I don't really have any turning (or woodworking) experience but I did just finish a hands-on intro course with Kurt Hertzog.

I'm hoping to get into pen turning... plus I'd like to do some bowls, spindles, etc. I work in IT - so it will be nice to have something tangible to show for my efforts.

Segmented turning looks really cool but I think it will be a while before I try that.

Anyway, I look forward to picking your brains. Shocked

Cheers. smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2010 at 5:24pm
 
Welcome Rafael,

Any questions that you may have, will get a speady and sometimes sensible answer, the guys and gals on the site are awesome. Ask anything you like.
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Reply #2 - Feb 21st, 2010 at 9:03pm
 
Welcome to the funny farm Rafael, feel free to pick all ya want, just take it easy on Chuck, he only got 1 brain cell so he might respond wit some off da wall stuff but he means well for the most part... hehehe
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Reply #3 - Feb 21st, 2010 at 11:37pm
 
Welcome Rafael Smiley

great bunch of family here and glad you are here too.
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Reply #4 - Feb 22nd, 2010 at 10:09am
 
Welcome to the site Rafael. There are some segmenters here to pick at too!
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Reply #5 - Feb 23rd, 2010 at 7:42am
 
Thanks for the welcome!

I actually just placed an order for a bunch of pen blanks and kits from a local supplier so I look forward to posting some pics of my botched work.  Shocked
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Reply #6 - Feb 23rd, 2010 at 6:45pm
 
Welcome Rafael.

It's not "botched work" we call it "design opportunities"  Cool
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Reply #7 - Feb 23rd, 2010 at 7:08pm
 
Or custom firewood.

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Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2010 at 11:19pm
 
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Custom firewood.

I think that will probably be my specialty for a while.
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Reply #9 - Feb 24th, 2010 at 11:04am
 
Welcome Rafael,
There are a big bunch of really knowledgeable turners here.
Feel free to ask all of your questions, I hope to learn from reading the replies.

Good Luck and Happy Turning,

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Reply #10 - Feb 25th, 2010 at 6:15pm
 
Well I had my first "design opportunity" today.

I ordered a bunch of blanks and hardware for some pens, bottle stoppers, and coffee scoops figuring it might be nice to actually try my hand at making "something" until I get inspired to be more creative.

They were all out of the mandrels for the bottle stoppers.

I decided to leave the comfort of my office and head out into the factory and fine the production supervisor - he sent me to the local hardware store and then spent about 10 minutes showing me the intricacies of a metal lathe.

Here's a pic of the stopper, and the mandrel I made out of some scrap aluminum. I drilled, tapped and threaded it using a chuck in the end stock and put in a set screw with the same thread as the stopper. I turned the other end down so it will fit in collet end of my pen mandrel so I can mount it in the headstock.

It took me way too long to make... but I was going slow. Still, I think it turned out ok and now I don't have to wait for a mandrel in the mail.

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Reply #11 - Feb 25th, 2010 at 6:25pm
 
That is a tidy piece of work, well done.
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Reply #12 - Feb 25th, 2010 at 9:16pm
 
Nicely done Rafael, ya did good and saved a few buck, as long as your set screw is turning true, you got it made, it'll work perfect for making bottle stoppers, have fun and don't forget to post pictures.
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Reply #13 - Feb 25th, 2010 at 10:08pm
 
Just remember that any of your tools will turn away material from the aluminum mandrel.  It is almost as soft as wood.  Also, do not turn with a MT like that without either using the tailstock, or a drawbar to hold it in the spindle.  Otherwise you could have an IFO (Identified Flying Object).  Can you say OUCH!

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Reply #14 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 9:36am
 
Smiley

I thought about that on the drive home. Luckily I turned it the same diameter as the pen mandrel - so I should be able to use the pen mandrel as a restraining rod - or if its not long enough I can pick up a length of rod and thread it.

One of my "wish list" items I may pickup shortly is a collet chuck which is threaded 1"x8tpi, that would be a better mounting solution anyway.
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