This is a great 5 star video showing you how to turn a honey dipper.

WOODCRAFT PEN TURNING SUPPLIES

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Wall Street II Pen Kit
Wall Street II Pen Kit at Woodcraft.com

The sleek, smooth and refined lines of this pen, and the distinct feel in your hand, are sure to make it winner. Utilizing the same single tube construction as the original Wall Street Pen, this new generation features the easiest assembly of any pen kit we offer.

 

 

  • Nib/nib holder, center ring and the top finial/clip are both pre-assembled
  • Simply turn the body, press in the top finial/clip assembly, screw the ink refill mechanism on the nib assembly, push the two halves together and the pen is finished
  • Available in either standard 24K gold or long wearing Woodcraft 24K gold/titanium finish
  • Requires a pen mandrel, 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 3-1/8″ blank, 27/64″ drill bit and bushing set

 

Artist’s Pencil Kit

Woodworker's/Artist's Pencil Kit at Woodcraft.com

 

This unique pencil kit is equally at home in the shop or an artist’s sketch kit. The single tube kit is extremely easy to turn and produces an attractive, different, and very functional pencil. The extra thick (5.66mm, about 7/32″ D x 3-1/8″L) HB round lead resists breaking and is held firmly in place by a four jaw collet at the bottom of the pencil mechanism. Just push on the spring loaded top of the pencil and the collet opens so you can advance or retract the lead to the desired length.

 

  • The top, when unscrewed from the pencil, features an internal sharpener to renew the point.
  • When combined with the 4B soft lead, any artist would love to add this pencil to their sketch kit.
  • Requires a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 3-1/2″ blank, pen mandrel, 15/32″ bit and artist’s pencil bushings that are listed below and on left under You Might Also Like.
  • Standard gold finish.

 

European Style Pen Kit

European Style Pen Kit at Woodcraft.com

 

Overcome the difficulties of making a traditional European style pen by using the same single twist mechanism and 7mm boring process as our regular pen kits.        

 

 

  • Standard or Woodcraft Gold finish has a gold plated or black button cap
  • Each satin finish has a matching cap that eliminates the difficulties involved in turning a wooden “button” cap
  • Uses 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 5″ blank and requires a 7mm brad point drill bit, mandrel and European style pen bushing

 

Click Ballpoint Pen and Pencil Kit

Click Ball Point Pen and Pencil at Woodcraft.com

The time tested push-button ballpoint pen is probably in more pockets than any other style pen. Now you can turn your own beautiful wooden ballpoint pens and matching pencils to replace those ugly plastic ones. Easily turned with straight sides, or can be profiled to create custom looks. Standard Gold finish. Both kits require a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 4″ blank, Letter “O” pen maker’s bit, mandrel, and Click Pen Bushings.

 

 

Classic American Style Screw Cap Fountain and Rollerball Pens

Classic American Style Screw Cap Fountain and Rollerball Pens at Woodcraft.

At last, classic American style pens with a cap that screws on and off! No more fussing with the delicate adjustments necessary for the perfect fit on “snap” style fountain and rollerball pen kits. These kits use threaded, press fit components, so your cap “screws on” to protect the pen mechanism when not in use. With the exception of the screw cap, these pens are identical to our regular classic American style pens. Now these classically styled pens can be made even more eye-catching with the addition of spider web filigrees.

 

  • Naturally beautiful spider web pattern compliments the lines of the classic American style screw cap pens and makes them even more distinctive
  • Requires a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 5″ blank, pen mandrel, 3/8″ pen maker’s or brad point bit and American Fountain/Rollerball bushings

 

Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple

Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple

 

Pen Blanks are available at Vedder Mountain Hardwoods for as little as $19.99 for a set of 20 assorted Maple Burl, Curly Maple and Spalted Maple.
 

 

 

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This is a great gift idea for those hard to buy for woodturners 🙂  All joking aside, this tool allows you to sand those hard to reach spots without leaving any unsightly sanding tracks. The Sandmaster can also be used to apply oil or wax to your turning and will produce a quality professional finish.

The following video is from Robert Sorby and gives a complete demonstration of the sanding and finishing process using the Sandmaster.

Sorby Sandmaster
An extremely handy addition to any turner’s armory, the Sandmaster is used in conjunction with a lathe to put a fine finish on turned pieces. It eliminates the unsightly lines often associated with traditional hand sanding.
 

Sorby Sandmaster

Sorby Sandmaster

 

The Sandmaster comes complete with a Velcro covered 2″ sponge pad which allows for the easy changing of abrasive discs. The aluminum oxide discs come in a variety of grits – from 60 – 400.

The adjustable head lets you reach even the most difficult areas. As an option for your larger turnings, a 3″ head and sanding discs are also available for greater efficiency.

The Sandmaster becomes an even more versatile tool when the head is removed and replaced by a pigtail mandrel and bowl mop. Made of fine grade cotton these mops are ideal for applying oils or buffing waxes to produce a professional finish.

Sandmaster Customer Reviews

1) Submitted by Jon, from Endicott, NY on 1/16/2008
Customer Rating:
I had my doubts when I ordered this but it’s cut my sanding time by at least 75% with better results … Works great …
IMHO the biggest drawback is the limited quantity of sandpaper you get with your order.

2) Submitted by Jack, from Travis AFB, CA on 2/24/2007
Works geat, gets in to small areas, and with the variety of sandpaper takes the wood down to a ultra smooth finish. Handle could be a bit longer.

FEATURED ARTIST

Jay Mapson of Richmond, British Columbia

Pierced Turning

Pierced Turning

 

Jay Mapson is an avid woodturner who became interested in the craft only 5 years ago

 
Since Joining the Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild, Jay’s woodturning has evolved and grown in multiple ways. He has formed friendships with fellow members and frequently meets with them outside of club functions. Recently, he has begun to assist with the club’s woodturning classes – only 3 years after being a student himself.
                           

Lidded Turned Box

Lidded Turned Box

 

Jay frequently travels internationally, bringing back inspiration in the form of new friends and thousands of pictures. He has incorporated designs and ideas into his turnings from such diverse places as New Zealand, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.    

 

  

Natural Edge Bowl

Natural Edge Bowl

 

Jay has recently begun participating in local craft fairs and received rave reviews and invitations to other craft fairs as well as references for some gallery exposure coming in 2009.

 

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Here’s a great video on bottle stopper turning with a little something extra.  I hope you enjoy:-)

Bottle stoppers are a fun and inexpensive project for the wood lathe and are a great way to use up those fancy scraps of wood you’ve been saving.  Precut bottle stopper blanks can also be purchased for very little money and are a great way to get a variety of different turning woods.  

 

BOTTLE STOPPERS - Various Exotic Woods

BOTTLE STOPPERS - Various Exotic Woods

 

 

For this project you can use any type of hardwood, but in my opinion, figured wood, burls and highly detailed woods look the best.  Vedder Mountain Hardwoods has a good supply of figured and spalted maple as well as maple and birch burl available.   

Each stopper consists of three parts. A turning blank which is normally 1 1/2″x1 1/2″x2 1/2″, a 3/8″ piece of hardwood dowel and a stoppers cork with a 3/8″ hole in the center for attaching it to the turned top.  

The tools and equipment needed for turning bottle stoppers are minimal. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • A wood Lathe
  • Tools – a gouge, skew and parting tool
  • A chuck if you have one (otherwise you can turn the bottle stoppers between centers)
  • 3/8″ drill bit
  • Wood turning blanks
  • 3/8″ Hardwood dowel cut to 2 1/2″ 
  • Bottle stopper corks (can be purchased at most wood turning stores)
  • Thick CA glue or epoxy
  • sandpaper in a variety of grits
  • Friction Polish to finish your bottle stopper or Tung Oil works as well  

 

One you have all your materials, you can begin by cutting your blank to just a hair longer than the size of your finished bottle stopper. Next you can mark the center of your blank on each end.  Then you’ll need to drill a 3/8″hole in one end 3/4″deep.  Insert some glue into the hole and tap the dowel into the blank with a hammer or mallet.  Don’t worry about the dowel being to long… once the bottle stopper is finished, you’ll trim it to the right length to apply the cork.

Insert the dowel end of the blank into the chuck leaving 3/4″ of the dowel exposed (the 3/4″ is the part of the dowel that will be glued into the cork and you want to avoid damaging it in the chuck). Then bring the tailstock up and tighten it into place.

You can also turn these bottle stoppers between centers.  Tap the spur center into the marked end of turning blank using a mallet and insert it into the headstock.  Then bring the tailstock up and center it on the tip of the dowel and tighten it into place.  

Next you start turning just as you would with any other project. Be sure and keep your tools good and sharp while turning your bottle stopper and take your time … if you have a tool catch it may ruin your blank by snapping the dowel.  

After you’ve finishing turning your piece, you can start your sanding.  I recommend sanding up to 800 grit for a nice glossy finish.  Now you’re ready to apply your finish.  I like Crystal Caot frition polish as it’s easy to apply on the lathe and dries very quickly.  Another great finish is tung oil, but you’ll need to apply several coats to get a really glossy finish.  

You can now remove your bottle stopper from the lathe.  Measure the length of your cork to the dowel and make a mark. Trim off the extra dowel.  Once you’ve done this apply a small amount of glue to the wide end of the cork base and inside the hole in the cork.  Quickly slide the cork over the dowel until it’s snug against the bottom of the bottle stopper. When the glue has completely dried you can clean up the end of the dowel by touching it gently on a belt sander until it’s nice and even with the cork.

Bottle stoppers make wonderful unique gifts for Christmas or any occasion. They’re also a best seller at craft fairs if you want to turn for some extra money.

Happy Turning 🙂

Here’s a great gift idea for your Christmas turning.  This is everything you’ll need to turn a one of a kind ice cream scoop. Make it as fancy or as simple as you like 🙂

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit
Make your own deluxe dessert disher. Get creative with a custom-turned wooden handle, then attach this solid-brass scoop and ferrule for the perfect finishing touch. Instructions for turning a handle and assembling the ice cream scoop are included.
         

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit

In addition to this kit you will need the following:

Wood: Approximately 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 6″ of a strong hardwood such as maple, cherry, walnut, oak, or yellow birch. Of the imported hardwoods bubinga, purpleheart, gongola alves and cocobolo make wonderful handles.

Ice Cream Scoop Wood Turning

Ice Cream Scoop Wood Turning

If you’d like to turn your handle out of highly figured big leaf maple, you can purchase the blanks directly from Christina at Vedder Mountain Hardwoods for $3.00 each by leaving a comment on this post.

Turning tools: Spindle roughing gouge, spindle/detail gouge, parting tool and optional skew chisel. A pair of outside calipers with rounded edges on the measuring points is helpful in fitting the ferrule.

Drill bit: 3/8″ brad point or regular twist bit.

Chucks: Depending on how you will hold and drill the piece (see below),you may need a scroll-type chuck for your headstock and a Jacobs-style chuck for your tailstock.

Glue and finish: The tang can be glued into the handle with epoxy or a thick type of CA (“super glue”). The finish could be with a drying type of oil such as pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil. An oil and varnish blend such as Rockler’s Nordic Oil also looks great. For a film type of finish (for extra protection against moisture and a higher sheen finish) try a wiping type polyurethane or a gel varnish.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

1) Submitted by Phil, from Newman Lake, WA on 11/24/2008

Customer Rating: 
Initial order was for a dozen…handles turned from various exotic woods (Christmas gifts) will soon order more…good product.

2) Submitted by Steve, from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/20/2008

Customer Rating: 
First class all the way! These are solid and blemish-free, and the instructions were concise and easy to follow. I’ve already ordered more.

3) Submitted by Chuck Daggs, from Mesa, AZ on 11/11/2008

Customer Rating: 
Solid, defect free brass casting, with highly polished scoop and ring. Instructions useful and complete. Expect a lot of happy recipients this Christmas.

4) Submitted by Bill Nash, from Kingsport, TN on 11/10/2008

Customer Rating: 
I turned handles for the Brass Ice Cream Scoops. They turned out great and will make excellent Christmas gifts.

5) Submitted by N, from Springfield, VA on 9/21/2008

Customer Rating: 
Top quality and great instructions.

This is a gift that is destined to become an heirloom and will be loved by everyone! Enjoy 🙂