Hello all, I just started turning and I want to try my hand at turning some pens. However, I am confused by all of the new tools and language. So far from what I read you drill out a blank, glue in a metal sleeve, mount it on a mandrel, turn it, and, using a vice, squash all of the pen parts together. Is that about right as far as the process goes? I am also confused by the different types of mandrels, bushings, shafts, drill bits etc… So here are a list of questions I have if anyone out there has experience they’d be willing to share 1. What type of mandrel is best (i.e. standard or “deluxe”) and what are the differences? 2. What is a bushing and what is it used for? 3. Is a “shaft” part of a mandrel or something I have to buy separately? 4. Is a pen press necessary or can I just use a vice to put the parts together after turning the blank? 5. Do I need special turning tools or will the regular skews and gouges I have work fine? Thanks in advance for all the help Nick
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