A while back we blogged about A new woodworking community call Show your Wood.  The site now has a woodworkers forum where you can have your say about anything wood related.  There’s even an area for trading wood and selling your tools.  If you’re into woodworking of any sort, it’s worth checking out.


If you’re looking for a place to showcase your woodworking talents, check out Show Your Wood! It’s a free community woodworking site where you can ask questions, share ideas and techniques and connect with other wood workers.


You no longer have to be a computer pro to have your own website or blog.  Show Your Wood! makes it easy with their video tutorials and they also have over 100 design themes to choose from.  So, what are you waiting for? Get Your Free Blog Now! and join this growing woodworking community.

If you’re looking for an affordable mini lathe for turning pens or bottle stoppers, I came across this awesome sale. Rockler has a great little lathe in their clearance center for $99. while supplies last.  I checked out the shipping and it’s pretty reasonable at $11.95 to the USA.    

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!
Woodworkers of all skill levels will love this compact, capable lathe. It’s perfect for turning a wide variety of smaller projects, including pens, pencils, small bowls, and spindles up to 12” long. Plus, it packs plenty of power (2/5 HP, 2.3 amps) and stows easily anywhere in your shop. Additional #1 Morse Taper available (27050)  

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!

Wilton 99177 Mini Wood Lathe, Internet Only, While Supplies Last!


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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.

Every wood turner knows that Robert Sorby tools are among the best for turning.  If you’re looking for a great gift idea, here’s one you won’t be able to resist. A 6 piece Robert Sorby tool set for only $149.99… 50%off regular price. There’s not many of these sets left, so get yours while their still available.

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set
We have a limited number of these top-quality Robert Sorby turning sets at a great price. Contains all the essential tools for spindles and bowls, making it the perfect set for beginners and veterans alike. Highly polished flutes ensure a smooth finish, while precisely profiled edges provide the best possible cutting characterisics. Each Sorby tool is carefully hardened and tempered to its specific set of needs, and the handles are guaranteed to never loosen. Includes a 3/4″ roughing gouge, 3/8″ bowl gouge, 3/8″ spindle gouge, 1/2″ round-nose scraper, 3/4″ skew with oval shank and 1/8″ parting tool. Made in Sheffield, England.
Limited Quantities! While supplies last!

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set

6 Piece Sorby Turning Tool Set

You can also find new and used Robert Sorby Wood Turning Tools at Woodturner Supply

pentacrylgallonsmallSending your wood out to be stabilized can become very expensive. Here’s a few methods for stabilizing your wood that you can do from home to save yourself a few bucks and the inconvenience of shipping your wood out to be stabilized. These methods are perfect for sealing your roughed out green turnings to prevent them from cracking or stabilizing those beautiful spalted pen blanks to keep them from falling apart when you turn them.

For stabilizing green wood Pentacryl is a great product for helping prevent your wood from cracking during the drying process. Pentacryl was originally developed to preserve a number of ancient American Indian Artifacts. A number of Indian weir stakes were found in a lake by the Maine State Museum in Augusta. Some of the stakes were removed and found to be from 3000 to 6000 years old. Had the artifacts been left to dry out without being treated with a wood stabilizer, they would have cracked and deteriorated further, just as green wood cracks if is not sealed or treated.How pentacryl works. The siliconized polymers in Pentacryl penetrate into the wood , coating the cells and keeping them from collapsing. Pentracryl is envionmentally friendly, will not discolour your wood and cleans up easily with soap and water or mineral spirits. After it’s dry, you can finish your wood with any type of finish you like.

You can apply Pentacryl in two different ways. Larger pieces of green wood can be treated by brushing on the solution until the piece is completely saturated. While smaller pieces of green wood can be soaked in a container of solution… Be sure to save the remaining solution for another project. After applying the solution you will need to slowly dry the wood.  The ideal conditions for drying your wood is in a cool, damp room at 60 degrees F with 60 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have an appropriate room (which most of us don’t) for drying your wood, you can use a large cardboard box (like an appliance box). Set the box over the wood and this will slow the drying. The idea is to let the moisture escape slowly. Drying time is about 3 months per inch of slab thickness.

When turning green wood, after you’ve rough turned your project, use the brush-on method of applying the Pentacryl. This will help avoid the risk of cracks in your project caused by having the wood dry out to quickly. Keep in mind that this will change the density of the wood and it will feel slightly heavier once the pentacryl has dried.

Pentacryl is Available is 3 different sizes
5 Gallon Pentacryl
1 Gallon Pentacryl
32 oz Pentacryl


For stabilizing spalted or punky wood, a good product to try is Polycryl.



Manufactered by Preservation Solutions, Polycryl is water soluble and works best when the wood is wet. Just soak the pen blanks in the solution for the recommended time and then let them dry. After using Polycryl you must use a finish on your wood to seal it. Also note that because this is a water soluble product, you should not use it for outdoor projects.


Polycryl is also available in 3 sizes.
5 Gallon Polycryl
1 Gallon Polycryl
32 oz Polycryl

If you have another methods of stabiizing wood that you’d like to share with your fellow woodworkers, please feel free to leave a comment.