Making Pens With Our New Lathe

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Our new lathe has arrived and is now fully assembled. It’s the perfect size for doing pens, bottle stoppers, candle holders, bowls, and more.

Phil learning to use the chisels to turn the square blocks of wood into round pencil stock.

We did our first project this past Monday evening during Open Lab hours. With the gracious and expert help of member Dennis C., we turned two blocks of oak stock into a beautiful mechanical pencil.

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First pencil made with our new lathe.
Dennis sanding the wood bodies to a glass-like finish.
Pressing the pencil components together
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