of your pen barrels.
A mandrel mounts in the lathe spindle with a Morse taper. The other end of the mandrel shaft has a cone-shaped recess that accepts the point of the tailstock live center. Supported on both ends, the mandrel runs steadily even at higher speeds (Fig.
All of the metal parts for building a pen come in a kit, including the ink refill. The kits include two (usually) brass tubes to which the wood blanks are glued. The remaining metal parts are pressed into the tubes during final assembly (Fig.
Equally complete parts kits are available for all of the
projects that can be produced with pen-making tools. Pen kits generally cost
$4 and $6 .
The key to turning a wooden