Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
Pen turning questions

steve antonucci
>I'm looking for the collective wisdon of all of the high end pen makers on this board...

I have probably turned a hundred pens or so, but I wouldn't say that I'm a "high end pen turner". For some reason, I can not get the barrels to be "perfect"- there's always a tiny ridge on the pen that you can't see but you can feel as your fingers pass over the transition points. I'm guessing it's the thickness of a sheet of paper or two.

So my question to you all?

How the heck do you get it to be "perfect"? What's your alignment routine and how you you know that the mandrel doesn't have any runout?

I've got some Christmas presents to make and I'm always looking to get better...

Steve

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