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Ed Weber
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Re: Pen turning speeds
Reply #15 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 12:58pm
 
Pens (most of the time) are in spindle orientation, grain running parallel with the bed.
When you're sanding with the lathe running, you're sanding perpendicular to the grain, this can leave visible scratch marks that can be hard to remove at high speeds.
More than likely you will need to sand down to final shape under power and then sand to smooth and remove scratches without the lathe running.
All of this depends on many variables.
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Re: Pen turning speeds
Reply #16 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 6:42pm
 
Anthony
If there is any possibility at all that in the future you might want to turn bowls on this lathe . . .

Because my bandsaw table is not overly large, I usually just nip the corners off bowl blanks and then bring to round AT VERY LOW SPEED (if the blank is large) on the lathe because the blank is unbalanced.  Therefore I would be looking at the lowest possible speed.  Granted, these two lathes may not take very big bowl blanks, nonetheless . . .

I would also suggest not thinking of the three lathe speed ranges as roughing, medium and finishing, as the recommended speed depends on the size of the blank, how well balanced it is, and more, not on the progress on a project.  My two cents.
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Re: Pen turning speeds
Reply #17 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 8:47pm
 
Thanks Don
                   This lathe will be used only for pens.
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Re: Pen turning speeds
Reply #18 - Sep 24th, 2017 at 9:58pm
 
Anthony maida wrote on Sep 9th, 2017 at 5:32pm:
Thanks Arlin
                     I have turned pens before,I have  a nova 1624
                     and I would like to get a small lathe with
                     variable speed, because my nova does not.
                     I don,t want to spend a lot of money,I just
                     want to do only pens on it.I see Harbor freight
                     has a cheap mini,I,have heard good and bad on
                     it. Also Grizzly has one for about two hundred.
                                                                        Thanks again Anthony


Anthony, I own a small mini lathe identical to the little vs one, that Harbor Freight sells. It is a different brand name, but it is identical. I've owned and used it for years, it has worked wonderfully without issue. I've turned over three hundred pens on it, and some small bowls and other small items. It is a #1 morse taper, but that's not an issue. You can buy any thing needed, to turn pens in #1 morse taper. I've bought four jaw chucks and mandrels, and many other items for that little lathe. Plus, I loaned it to my father for two years to turn on, he loved using it over his large lathe. Especially, for turning pens and pencils. What I really like about the little lathe, is that it is so transportable. It doesn't weigh much, and it can be taken almost anywhere. I used it at family pic-nics, I tought family members to turn pens while pic-nicing. And it really attracts attention, when you pull it out at a campground. I've made lots of friends at the campgrounds, men women and children have all used it while there. I charge $25.00 for each pen turned, and they have to use the blanks I've already prepared. It's great fun, when I get two family members that want to make a pen. It usually turns into a competition between the two, it's great fun watching them. When this little lathe dies, I will definitely be buying another one. Sorry for the long reply, I'm long winded. lol
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Re: Pen turning speeds
Reply #19 - Sep 25th, 2017 at 4:34pm
 
Hi Len I like that lathe also Harbor freight just discontinued
   it.I see mirco mark still sells it for 179.00.I have a question
   though,some have said the tool rest is to high.Which brand do you have? Thanks Anthony
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