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Well, my youngest seems to have been bitten by the turning bug. She had a blast at her pen making class, and would like to continue at home.

If anyone in the VA, MD, NC, WV area has a Mini or Midi lathe they are looking to get rid of, I am looking for a bargain!

If nobody has one, then I will probably go with the Penn State lathe for now.

PM me with anything you may be willing to part with.

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Hey, Doug; is there a specific pen lathe? I noticed this little guy at Busy Bee Tools, up here in Canada...
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Hey, Doug; is there a specific pen lathe? I noticed this little guy at Busy Bee Tools, up here in Canada...
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Dan, I think just about any lathe can be used to create pens. You just need to get the proper mandrel and spacers. The mandrel fits into the head of your lathe, usually a 1 or 2 Morse taper.

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Brian; I was really really just bringing in the cost of a benchtop lathe. Seems pretty reasonable...The tools will probably cost as much or more.
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She did a pretty nice job on those pens. Many of us would love to have a wife who liked working in the shop. She would soon come to see the need for more tools.
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She did a pretty nice job on those pens. Many of us would love to have a wife who liked working in the shop. She would soon come to see the need for more tools.
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my 12 year old wants to go back for the next level course, but have her Mom take her this time. I think she wants to get her turning as well.

It was amazing watching the kids in this class pick up turning so fast. Their teacher was awesome. It took him just a minute to get their attention, and he held it for the next 2 hours. Each of the students was successful in turning out a pen they could be proud of.

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She did a very nice job on the pen. My wife wanted to try pen turning, so I bought her a Harbor Freight mini lathe. Not the best in the world, but she turns out some very nice pens and even sells a few. When this lathe dies, I think I'll buy her a Penn State midi lathe. I have an old Craftsman 12 in. lathe that I can't get to right now that I do some turning on. By all means see if you can get your wife interested, you get to buy more tools that way.

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A very kind forum member recommended a starter lathe, so we will see how that works out.

Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions!

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