Preventing Pen Blanks from Breaking/Blowing Out: Pen Turning...

Oct 3, 2014 by

If there were a reset button in the world of pen turning, it would be breaking or blowing out your pen blanks while they’re on the lathe – and I’m sure I’m not the only pen turner in the world that has accidentally hit that “button” on a number of occasions. Over the years I’ve added a few very simple steps during blank preparation and turning that cut the odds of pen blanks exploding on the lathe by close to 100%. Never want to have a blowout again? Keep on reading…   Sand Your Brass Tubes If you haven’t already started doing this, now is the time. This creates a stronger bond between your pen blank and the brass tube that’s holding them on the lathe. The better your pen blanks cling to these brass tubes, the less...

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