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    New to turning pens but I think

    Yes I'm new to turning pens however I do like the idea of kitless pen phil's the one to blame with that amazing ironwood fountain pen (dam it's a fantastic looking pen) but I'm wondering on the right route to take, but also being tight on money I am a tight git BUT I do like to buy the right tools for the job.

    So my Axminister lathe will accept a 2mt mandrel and a threaded chuck so with this in mind would I be best buying a long jaw chuck or a collet chuck also while I'm on the subject what would be your recommendation for a good pen turning kitless book.

    I think I'm going to save up for a good tap and die set from Beaufort ink.

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    A collet chuck has more options on usage in my opinion and that would be my preference...
    In stead of jumping straight in kit less.... Sorry Phil try a couple of stopped end pens...
    This is where instead of using push in tube fittings(kit parts) you use timber /acrylic/whatever for the entire length. It also means you can't use a through mandrel, but gives more flexibility to shapes you create IMG_20200606_091457.jpg
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    Hi, it looks like we are both in the same boat mate, we both like the same type of pens.


     
     
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    If you make closed end pens make sure the blank is long enough or you will end up with open end pens, DAMHIKT

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    Mark that is funny but true LOL

     
     
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    Really you need both types of chuck. That said though, although a collet chuck will serve you well over time as far as accuracy and convenience is concerned, if your budget only stretches to one type for the moment, a scroll chuck is the way to go. You can't hold a square blank in a collet chuck, but you can hold a round blank in a scroll chuck. Where a collet chuck scores is in its ability to grip in a perfect circle at the given diameter of the collet, of which many diameters are available. It's therefore highly accurate and extremely kind to the workpiece. The jaws of a scroll chuck will form a perfect circle, but only at one diameter, therefore most work ends up being held by the points or the waists of the jaws, which is not very accurate nor very kind to the workpiece.
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