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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
63 Reviews
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Glad I bought this.
This kit and the mini carbide turning tool set helped give me a good, quick start.
November 17, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great kit
This kit has all the basic tools and supplies to start making pens. Great kit!
October 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
All that I asked for and more
The kit most definitely contained everything I needed to start turning pens and the case has proved a wonderful way to keep my pen making supplies organized.
October 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Great starter kit
This is a great starter kit. The pen hardware is good quality, the blanks are great and so is the mandrel. I’ve used most everything in the kit and I’m quite happy
October 21, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Pen Starter kit is perfect
Love it! First time using a lathe, I turned my first pen and it came out perfect! Great quality!
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October 20, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Just what you need to start pen turning
Great kit for starting out turning pens.
October 6, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Excellent set!
Excellent pen starter set! I’ve already got a list of pens to make! The blanks were nice, I especially enjoyed turning the babinga, just make sure you don’t get stingy with the glue on the brass tubes, I had a blank split and fly off the tube because I didn’t use enough glue. Complete rookie move on my part
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Added Oct 5, 2019
October 5, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great starter Kit
I bought this kit because I wanted to try my hand at making pens. The kit has everything that you need to get started without breaking the bank. Everything is in one box in sight. I have seen some that other people have made, and thought I can do that. Sure enough I can and did. Here is my first try. I had a piece of White Oak that i had laying around and used it first before using the more exotic woods. The only thing is that they could send a extra screw for the Pen Milling Kit.
First try at turning pen. With the kit
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October 1, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
New to pen turning
Having just starting out I've learned a lot about turning and this is my first attempt to turn pens.
August 7, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Very good pen turning starter kit.
Everything ypu need toturn your first pens.
Rockler Slimline pen from their kit.
Rockler Slimline pen from their kit.
August 6, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
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I’m just getting started and learning how to do pen turning and this has most everything to get me started
Cliff E on Nov 16, 2019
Trying something new
cary j on Nov 10, 2019
I’m just getting started and learning how to do pen turning and this has most everything to get me started
Cliff E on Nov 16, 2019
wanted to try this
Billy Z on Nov 12, 2019
Trying something new
cary j on Nov 10, 2019
It's a pretty simple way to get started with turning pens as nearly everything is included.
Brett H on Nov 9, 2019
Christmas gifts
Fred M on Nov 4, 2019
Need a good Starter Kit to get started making pens.
Frank G on Nov 2, 2019
I have recently started turning projects on a wood lathe. I always wanted to turn pens. This product seems like a good way to get started turning pens.
Allen on Nov 1, 2019
Hopefully to make Christmas gifts - never turned a pen before so we'll see!
Philip S on Oct 30, 2019
just bought mini lathe
Lonnie C on Oct 25, 2019
It looked interesting to try
Dennis A on Oct 13, 2019
I have one and it's amazing. I got this for a friend of mine as a Christmas gift
Steve O on Oct 11, 2019
Getting started into pen turning and this looked like a great place to start.
Cameron G on Oct 10, 2019
To try turning pens...
Mike on Oct 9, 2019
Best starter set for pen turning i could find
Anthony R on Oct 6, 2019
This is my second starter pen set. I have two lathes that I use for making pens so this one will be installed in my second lathe. The first one I bought is durable, reliable and I'm hoping this second one will be the same.
Derrick T on Oct 4, 2019
Looks like a good deal to order without leaving anything out for beginners
Jeff S on Sep 29, 2019
Recommended by other turners<br />S
Steven Preslar T on Sep 27, 2019
I wanted to try my hand at making some pens and this seemed like it had all I needed to give it a go.
Joshua H on Sep 17, 2019
It was the ONLY kit that claimed to be a complete starter kit. Everything else I looked at expected me to know what i needed and how and where to buy it
Michael D on Sep 4, 2019
I wanted to try my hand at turning pens and thought this would be a good way to start
Lee on Aug 31, 2019
I've been interested inturning for the last several years and I wanted to try pen and pencil making.
Marvin V on Jul 17, 2019
Want to try turning pens.
Daniel N on Jul 9, 2019
Because Shari H recommended this to me
David L on Jul 5, 2019
Wanted to get into pen turning and looked like a decently inclusive option
Benjamin B on Jun 29, 2019
Want to learn to turn.
Timothy M on Jun 25, 2019
I wanted to start pen turning, this seemed a great kit to start with
Elmer M on Jun 17, 2019
getting started with pen turning.
Kirk B on Jun 16, 2019
I already have a wood turning lathe. I now need the starter pen turning kit so I can start making pens.
TeNica J on Jun 14, 2019
This is a good way to start turning.
Steve C on Jun 5, 2019
Want to learn
Andy A on May 12, 2019
Read reviews
Jerri W on Apr 28, 2019
Just getting started and i don't have a clue what i need. This looked and sounded good. I guess i will have to order some kits soon but i don't know what to do yet either. I have been watching stuff on the net to get an idea. Any help or information would help . Thanks
Fastfreddy on Apr 27, 2019
Saw the kit on a youtube video
McKay P on Apr 26, 2019
Starting in wood turning and it looks like a great way to start. Plus the price is fair.
Jorge L S on Apr 22, 2019
Saw YouTube channel were rockler was sponsoring
Jason T on Apr 19, 2019
This kit has everything we needed to start turning pens
GALEN A on Apr 19, 2019
Try my hand at pen turning
Tom F on Apr 17, 2019
to start pen turning
Christopher K on Apr 16, 2019
I would like to try to make pens and reviews said this was nice starter kit
Alton S on Apr 10, 2019
Dean from orland rockler HIGHLY recommended it
Nick G on Apr 8, 2019
I'm hoping that having everything necessary in one place may save the time it would take to hunt through my shop.
Marc on Apr 6, 2019
The tooling will match the order for the pen mechanism
Jim M on Apr 3, 2019
Good reviews and a decent price.
David A on Apr 3, 2019
if you want to try your hand at turning pens this is the best way to start
Ed on Mar 29, 2019
seems easy for a starter.
Carlos G on Mar 24, 2019
It was a convenient way to buy all of the parts you needed to get started turning pens
Corey P on Mar 20, 2019
This was the best way I found to get everything I need to get started with pen turning.
Leon T on Mar 17, 2019
Just starting to learn to turn pens and this is a good way to get started.
Larry T on Mar 16, 2019
Want to get started turning pens and figured this kit would have everything I need in order to do so.
Bruce M on Mar 15, 2019
New to pen turning and this appears to provide what I need to get started in one easy order.
Gary S on Mar 14, 2019
wanted to try this
Billy Z on Nov 12, 2019
It's a pretty simple way to get started with turning pens as nearly everything is included.
Brett H on Nov 9, 2019
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!
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.
What is the compression fitting that comes with the mandrel for?
Doug C on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: When loading the pen blanks (with the brass tubes glued in), they may not take up all the space on the mandrel. The compression fitting allows you to “shorten” the mandrel to fit the blanks on and still lock down the knob.
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.
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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