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    Newbie from Nottingham saying Hi.

    Good Morning everyone, Iím new to pen turning but have had a lathe for a while and have made some bowls and other random objects, mostly from bits of old wood that I find lying around the woods surrounding my home, I love making what some people throw away into something useful or attractive and have been known to drag old bits of furniture or tree root balls out of builders skips!
    I do have a beginners question , why do some of the pen kits from Axminster seem to have imperial size for the drill bits? And other are metric, Axminster seem to recommend a 7mm bit for most projects.

    Kind regards
    Simon


     
     
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    Hi and welcome to this forum Smon. Confusions exist and have for a long time now liken it to Brexit procrastination and indecision abounds the way Australia was settled etc.I use tapes marked in both imperial and in metric measurements. Whoever in their right mind could imagine how buildings would use mm,s in their plans in this country Australia. I am sure you have had to learn these things being so close to and being absorbed into Europe for some time now.we changed in the sixties and seventies. Our eldest daughter was in the last classes at school that had to learn both systems then proceed in metric...

    Enjoy your entry in to penmaking ,have fun mate.

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    Hello Simon and welcome to the forum, we use imperial measurements now because haven’t you heard? We’re out of Europe now. Lol.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Hello mate, welcome to the forum!!
    Metric and Imperial well there's a conundrum, simple answer to your question Axminster have been importing American kits and as we all know the Americans still use Imperial units.....as to others well I think you'll find a right mixture throughout our hobby. I have both an imperial and metric set of drill bits and a vernier gauge . I then use what ever is closest( which with some manufacturers is not the recommend size they give
    Just to add to the confusion)
    My bit sets came from Machine mart, but others will recommend drill bits UK as a good supplier.
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Hi Simon and welcome there are plenty on here who can answer any questions so fire away.


    Mark AKA Flexi has summed it up nicely, it depends on where the kits originate from. I have used Drill bits UK and they were quick with their order I just ended up with a number of boxes of drill bits of the same size as I did not read the description correctly. Never mind I am sure they will come in handy
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    Welcome to the forum, Simon.
    Ask plenty and stick up some photographs of what you make, doesn't have to be just pens.
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    Thank you all so much I can’t wait to get on with it! Great advice as well cheers Simon

     
     
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    Welcome to the gang Simon.
    If it looks right it usually is! My namesake
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    Hi Simon,
    Welcome to the fold. Just to add more to the confusion, some kits even use "letter" sized drills. Mainly, get a good set of metric and English size drills.
    Kelvin

     
     
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    Welcome to the forum Simon. Mark is quite wise when he says get yourself a vernier caliper and measure the tubes etc. I find they are not always consistent even with the same kit so use the old adage measure twice and cut once. You will find you do not use as meany different sizes as you expect but getting a set of imperial and a set of metric will cover most things. Cheaper is to buy the sizes you need as you need them. UK Drills and Tracy Tools have more sizes than you can imagine, the latter have excellent service. Another useful thing is a centre drill or even better a spot drill. This is a rigid small drill which lets you start the hole more accurately, and then once started the selected size drill will follow more accurately. You only really need one size of these.
    I find that for wood blanks ordinary jobbers drill bits are fine but do keep them sharp. For acrylics I prefer Dewalt extreme bits ( if you can find the correct size) but the real key with any of the plastics is to take it slowly, they do not like heat!

     
     

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