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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.
Item #
52840
Rating:
90% of 100

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 kit
This has everything a beginner needs to start making pens.
June 2, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Great starter kit. Has everything you need to get your first 3 pens. Do a lot of woodworking wanted to try a few pens.
May 26, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
the perfect starter kit
Perfect for the person who just kidding starter includes everything you need and then some.
May 23, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pen turning kit
Great product. Love making pens.
Loving it.
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May 21, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Perfect for getting started in pen turning.
May 4, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Fun starter kit to get into turning pens
I found this to be a nice introduction to making pens. There were not any instructions in my kit, but the online video proved helpful
May 3, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
It was a great way to learn pen turning. It had all the items you need. I think I’ll buy the wife a kit and get her started in turning.
April 29, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Perfect for starting. All the supplies needed, and the case is a bonus for keeping things orderly and clean.
April 29, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Made all the pens and it worked great
April 25, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pen making
It has all the material I need to get started on my first pen. Just need more parts on my lathe that they don't have.
April 23, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I thought my dad would like it.
Christina L on Jun 3, 2020
Looks like an easy way to start out pen turning.
John B on May 25, 2020
I thought my dad would like it.
Christina L on Jun 3, 2020
Jay Bates recommended it.
Robert M on May 31, 2020
Looks like an easy way to start out pen turning.
John B on May 25, 2020
It is a Gift for my father. He loves to make pens
Jared W on May 24, 2020
start learning from rockler
chuong v on May 23, 2020
Jay's custom creations suggested it
Mark K on May 22, 2020
It is an all-in-one kit, don’t have to worry if I ordered everything.
Scott M on May 20, 2020
Got a lathe now I need a project. Wanted to try this for a long time
Jeff M on May 17, 2020
My dad selected this as a birthday gift. He just got a lathe and has been using it alot recently.
Bill S on May 17, 2020
Best for beginners. The video I watch was key for my choice. I forgot who's it was.
Tom E on May 16, 2020
Want to learn a new product for my web page
Tom E on May 16, 2020
Got some pens to make
DRL on May 15, 2020
Wanted to try turning pens. Kit seemed the best way to start.
Dennis V on May 10, 2020
Bought with a lathe and some carbide tools. I want to start making pens. This has everything I need
Ryan M on May 5, 2020
I'm hoping to get started in pen turning.
Richie R on May 5, 2020
I want to try my hand at pen making. And many of the tools overlap with the seam ripper project I'm doing.
Dempsey W on May 4, 2020
I want to make custom pens.
Troy C on Apr 29, 2020
Bought first lathe and wanted to try and make pens as a hobby
Trina F on Apr 29, 2020
I want to make to learn to turn by making pens.
Joseph B on Apr 29, 2020
great price point to try my hand at pen turning
Jeremy S on Apr 27, 2020
Getting back to pen turning, kit assures I have all the basics.
RICHARD N on Apr 26, 2020
Complete
Shawn on Apr 23, 2020
Perfect kit to learn pen turning
Charles N on Apr 23, 2020
It appears to be a good deal, lots for the money.
Stuart C on Apr 23, 2020
Make a gift
Carlos S on Apr 19, 2020
watched on you tube and liked the video from rockler.
wayne b on Apr 18, 2020
Everything I need to start turning pens.
Richard B on Apr 18, 2020
Have been wanting to try my hand at pen turning and this looks like an inexpensive way to get started.
Timothy O on Apr 15, 2020
looks like a good way to get into the hobby of pen making
kevin B on Apr 15, 2020
After researching it appears to have everything I need to get started in the hobby at a fair price
glenn d on Apr 14, 2020
Been doing woodworking for a while now and wanted to get what I needed to start turning pens.
DARL C on Apr 9, 2020
gift
Pamela Becker L on Apr 7, 2020
I think this is the best way to get started in turning pens and gives you almost everything you need.
Kevin H on Apr 3, 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
Hobby
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 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
Jay Bates recommended it.
Robert M on May 31, 2020
It is a Gift for my father. He loves to make pens
Jared W on May 24, 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.
#MT2?
Anderson T on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, The mandrel in this kit is Morse Taper 2.
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