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The blanks are then mounted in the pen mandrel. There are bushings on either side of each pen blank, and the diameter of the bushing is the "desired" diameter to ensure a good fit with the hardware. The wood chips seem to fly much further than the metal chips, so I use pieces of cardboard to help contain them. The wood turning rest was adapted from a Lee Valley tool rest for the Taig lathe. You can see how I did that here. Bigger...
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