Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
"squaring" Pen blanks

Phil Winn
>When I purchase Pen blanks, the blanks are not straight “square” rectangles-they don’t lie flat….have a bend to them.
I use stabilized blanks from AS and CS. So when I cut the blanks to fit the specific two tubes, and then drill them-the hole will be centered going in-but often will come out the
bottom very close to one side…then I use the “trimmer” to try and “square the hole”. If the blank had a bend to it and the hole was not centered on both ends, then I do not always have enough wood for larger diameter pens.
Questions: (I am a novice “wood turner”)
1. What am I doing wrong, suggestions?
2. What tool to use?
3. Is there a tool with a disc sander and belt sander in one?
4. Any suggestions for a tool which is very affordable?
Thanks,
Phil

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