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Starter Pen Turning Kit

All the essentials you need for pen turning, including 3 blanks, 3 hardware kits and a Pen Mill Kit with four pilot shaft sizes.
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This kit contains all the essential tooling you need to start turning custom pens. It includes three pen blank species (bloodwood, bubinga and olivewood), three gold-plated Slimline Twist Pen Hardware Kits, a 7mm mandrel with knurled nut and #2 Morse Taper, 7mm bushings, a 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit, a 1 oz. bottle of CA Glue, a Pen Mill Kit for truing up all mating surfaces and a storage case with 28 adjustable compartments. The Pen Mill includes four pilot shaft sizes for a wide range of pen types.

(1) Bloodwood Pen Blank
(1) Bubinga Pen Blank
(1) Olivewood Pen Blank
(3) 7mm Slimline Twist Pen Hardware Kits, Gold-Plated
(1) 7mm mandrel with knurled nut and #2 Morse Taper
(1) Set of 7mm bushings
(1) 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit
(1) 1 oz. bottle of CA Glue
(1) Barrel Cleaner/Pen Mill Cutter Head
(1) 7mm Pen Mill Pilot Shaft
(1) ''O'' size Pen Mill Pilot Shaft
(1) 3/8'' Pen Mill Pilot Shaft
(1) 10mm Pen Mill Pilot Shaft
(1) Adapter Tube
(1) Plano Storage Case with 28 adjustable compartments
More Information
Weight 2.4500
Tech Spec
  • Pen Blank Species: Bloodwood, bubinga and olivewood
  • Pen Mill Barrel Sizes: 7mm, ''O'' size, 3/8'' and 10mm
  • Mandrel Diameter: 7mm
  • Morse Taper: #2
4.5 / 5.0
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Great I really enjoyed my pen kit it works great and has everything I need in it.
April 1, 2020
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
pen starter kit
Following a 36 hour beginning woodturning beginners class, during which we made a pen, I wanted to perfect that skill and so I ordered this kit. I am very pleased with it, I have now turned 7 pens and I'm improving each time in time required and skills.
March 30, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just as advertised
The kit was terrific for me to become familiar with making pens. Everything I needed was included.
March 26, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Wonderful kit for beginners like me. Would recommend it for anyone starting out.
March 19, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I loved buying the pen turning kit from Rockler. I looked else where but no one offered what Rockler offered . I thought about just getting the different materials and turning tools separate but when with the whole kit! I recommend doing this! You get everything you need to turn 3 pens. I did mess up my 2nd one so I was happy to have a 3rd. Now be sure to watch videos on beginner pen turning on YouTube to get a feel for how each pen style is turned these videos really help teach you how to use the tools, material etc. happy turning ! It’s an awesome kit ! beware I didn’t see any instructions in the kit. Which I don’t know if I needed them , however they could be helpful , I didn’t think to look to see if any instructions were in there all and all a perfect kit to start out with
March 17, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product love time in the shop
February 28, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Loved it
Great kit to start with
February 18, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
This kit had everything I needed to begin turning pens I would recommend this product to any beginner turner.
January 31, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Pen starter kit
It’s great, everything you need to start pen turning
January 27, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great starter kit, have been enjoying making pens.
January 22, 2020
3 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
needed something to do for the next several weeks
thomas c on Mar 31, 2020
Materials for learning
Michael S on Mar 27, 2020
needed something to do for the next several weeks
thomas c on Mar 31, 2020
My husbands birthday. He does a lot of woodworking and he wants to try making pens too.
Robyn C on Mar 27, 2020
Materials for learning
Michael S on Mar 27, 2020
getting started
Barry A on Mar 23, 2020
Want to learn to turn pen blanks and make them.
Ronald G on Mar 16, 2020
because I need all the help I can get
james w on Mar 3, 2020
starting to turn pins
Eric R on Feb 29, 2020
Sounded like a good purchase to start making pens
David Landreth A on Feb 28, 2020
Looked like a good value compared to buying everything separate
Kevin K on Feb 26, 2020
Ken M on Feb 25, 2020
Want to start turning pens
Randall N on Feb 21, 2020
Beginning lathe use. Purchased lathe from Rockler and pleased with service and quality.
Robert M on Feb 20, 2020
Has complete parts to get started.
john h on Feb 13, 2020
Great starter for pen turners
Johnathan N on Feb 7, 2020
I want to begin turning pens and this kit has everything I need to begin.
Blake L on Jan 31, 2020
Complete kit at right price
Charles K on Jan 29, 2020
I have a friend that has this exact kit and it has everything needed to start turning pens.
phillip Rodriguez L on Jan 29, 2020
used in training Utube - had most equipment
DALE H Z on Jan 23, 2020
Wanted to get into the pen turning game. Been sticking to mainly bowls and spindle projects. this seems like a nice change of pace!
Kyle S on Jan 22, 2020
Always wanted to try
Scott G on Jan 21, 2020
I was looking for my first pen turning starter kit to start a new hobby. I chose this particular kit because of the brand name "Rockler". I'd heard positive things about the brand.
Ken C on Jan 20, 2020
New hobbies
Russell G on Jan 15, 2020
I am a beginner.
Travis K on Jan 14, 2020
getting into turning pens and this was a good way to start.
Raymond S on Jan 14, 2020
Just getting started in pen turning.
Jeffrey D on Jan 1, 2020
Beginning wood turning and need all of the parts
Thomas H on Dec 28, 2019
Beginner on lathe. Good project to learn.
Jim G on Dec 21, 2019
interested in starting to turn pens
SuperD001 on Dec 21, 2019
my daughter is interested in turning pens
chester d b on Dec 20, 2019
simple starter kit
TODD R on Dec 18, 2019
Esther C on Dec 16, 2019
It is a gift
M. H on Dec 15, 2019
Christmas gift for my brother.
Frank on Dec 12, 2019
I do not have one and want to start turning pens.
Mark comeaux on Dec 12, 2019
Just curious....
Eric L on Dec 9, 2019
Has what I required and it was recommended by Jay's Creations.
Andrew A on Dec 8, 2019
I'm a total beginner to turning thought I'd start with something small like a pen.
SCBill on Dec 4, 2019
Christmas gift for Dad.
Joshua J on Dec 4, 2019
Christmas gift for dad
Robert B on Dec 3, 2019
gift for a friend
JOY M on Dec 3, 2019
Roger H on Dec 2, 2019
want to try some pens
Dave the plumber on Dec 2, 2019
All in one kit
Jim on Dec 2, 2019
Good value
Alan R on Dec 1, 2019
The kit has everything needed for the first time turning !
George on Dec 1, 2019
New hobby
Jeremiah L on Dec 1, 2019
Great value
Brian S on Dec 1, 2019
everything I need to start this gift project
brian s on Dec 1, 2019
I bought my first lathe and wanted to have everything I would need to do a project and most other kits did not have a mandrel.
Dayna on Nov 30, 2019
Want to get into making pens and this was perfect.
Erik T on Nov 28, 2019
My husbands birthday. He does a lot of woodworking and he wants to try making pens too.
Robyn C on Mar 27, 2020
getting started
Barry A on Mar 23, 2020
Is there an MT #1 pen starter kit?
Kerflop on Oct 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this kit a few months ago. I found it to be a great starter point for me being I had never turned a pen before. I did purchase a mandrel saver with the kit and have loved the results I have got from the kit. The best part of this kit IMO is the tool to square up the blanks after gluing in the tubes. It comes with several different sizes to accommodate the different sized pen kits out there. It really helps keeping things square.
There is a lot to turning different sizes and types of pens. This kit was a great stepping off point into the rabbit hole wood turning eventually becomes. The blanks in the kit were great too.
Do I need a lathe?
Grant B on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yup, you definitely need a lathe (I suppose you could rig up a drill but I wouldn’t bother trying, probably more frustrating than fulfilling)
Is it worth the money?
Chad T on Sep 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This kit is definitely worth it. I had never thought about turning a pen, but saw this kit and gave it a try. I’m hooked. I have now turned several pens, a seam ripper, and a magnetic pickup tool. I know you will enjoy this starter kit.
does this kit work with any lathe?
Bryan D on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This kit will work on any lathe as long as you pick the mandrel that fits your lathe.
Your lathe, this kit plus sand paper and the finish of your choice is all you need.
Is there a MT1 option of this kit?
Emmett N. on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As for as I know, there is no MT1 option; however, I’m sure you can get a MT1 mandrel separate from the kit!
What is the compression fitting that comes with the mandrel for?
Doug C on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Good question, I didn’t know at 1st but I found out later that you place in on the turning mandrel so when you are only turning one blank. As you know the mandrel is long and once you place two blanks it pretty much tightens down , well if you only want to turn one blank . That compression fitting take up the slack that is there to only being one blank on the mandrel hope this helps
Do you need more than one mandrel size for making different pens?
Barbara R on Oct 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You only need 1 mandrel, but it is the bushings that allow you to make different pen kits.
How does a person have the finished pen engraved?
Edmund M on Mar 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Find someone with an laser is the only way that I have seen
What is the brass screwed coupler with the plastic sleeves for?
Larry L on Dec 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I believe the coupler is used to “shorten” the length of the mandrel so you need fewer bushings to hold the pen blank. It is like a plumbing compression fitting.
Thought this kit came with some directions. Just bought the beginners pen turning kit (from local store), but where do I find the directions?
Wally G on Jun 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Instructions for Rockler pen kits are available in the pen package as well as on the Rockler web page under "Technical Downloads" for each pen style.
Anderson T on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, The mandrel in this kit is Morse Taper 2.
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