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    Newbie from Warwickshire

    Good day, I am completely new to woodturning. I have just purchased a midi lathe, and have been busy setting it up, but as yet have not turned anything.
    Iím keen to get into pen turning, but not sure which mandrel to go for. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


     
     
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    Welcome aboard Gavin. I’m sure you will get help & advice when you ask for it.
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    Hi Gavin, welcome aboard....as pen mandrels go there are plenty out there...... personally I use an Axminster one with a mandrel saver.....a lot less fuss and a good bit of kit.
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    You could also just 'TBC' turn between centers, but you will need a corresponding tail center and tbc bushes
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    Welcome, Gavin.
    I have a compression mandrel from Axminster tools with zero problems. You won't get much change from £50.

     
     
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    Hi Gavin I use a mandrel saver,welcome to the forum. I am not familiar with your location however look around for a woodturning group near you so you can get up close and personal with which way to travel from now on.

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    Hello and welcome Gavin, yes, I use an Axminster evolution mandrel also, and I TBC too. Where in the UK are you?
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Welcome Gavin to the pen forum. I also have the Axminster Evolution mandrel. No one can beat it.
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    Hi Gavin - welcome to the Forum

    All roads seem to lead the the Axminster Evolution mandrel in the end, although my own road hasn't quite made it there yet. I just wish they'd make the rod itself a bit fatter. Personally I use the Axminster Deluxe mandrel, and I've used Planet in the past too. Both of those have a fatter rod than the Evolution, but nether comes with the mandrel saver that the Evolution has, which is the main reason people seem to flock to it.
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    Many thanks for the welcome messages. Obviously the Axminster setup is the one to aspire to. What I didn’t mention was that being a pensioner, the budget is fairly tight, especially with other accessories that I will require. I have already gleaned tips from the forum, regarding diy pen presses etc.
    Many thanks once again.
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    Welcome Gavin,

    I have a mandrel and saver gathering shavings if it’s of any use to you. It’s an m2 taper. You don’t need another expensive pen press - you’ve already bought one. Use your lathe and a gadget made by Charnwood that’s essentially two m2 tapers with soft ends. Ditto for drilling, just buy a Chuck for the tailstock and pen jaws to fit your turning chuck.

    Eb*y is a good source of 7mm pen mechanisms, and if you’re interested I’ve just cut up some oak and ash for pen blanks. (At no cost bar postage).

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