In 2014, six years ago, I made over 60 different kinds of pens, and gave them away as Christmas gifts to the family. I kept very few for myself.
I decided to make some pens for myself. I checked my inventory, and I had 2 of the 30 cal pen kits in inventory, plus 2 types of camo blanks.
Boy, it has been 6 years since I made any pens, so I have forgotten all the details. I documented how I made the pens on my woodworking web site, but I lost all the photos when the hosting company shut down.
I used my 3/8" gold colored drill to drill the blanks. One of them, I wallowed out the hole too much, and there is not enough material left to turn.....DARN.
On the 2nd blank, I got the hole drilled ok, but I blew out one end when I was just about done!!!!!! RATS
Fortunately, I bought a bunch of 3/8" brass tubes, so I could try it again.
-saw blank to length on chop saw, make it a hair longer than the brass tube
-hold blank in vise, drill 3/8" center hole
-use 2-part expoxy to glue brass tube in the center hole
-air dry, or speed up with oven dry
-using special bit, hand hold in drill press and make both ends square to brass tube
-chuck in lathe and start turning
The polishing compound after 6 years had dried to be a hard as a rock. The paste wax was still ok.
I went to the Australian web site to see what they recommend for rejuvinating the polishing compound........and it said to use Turpentine.
I tried mineral spirits, because I keep it in stock. It didn't really do much, so I bought a can of Turpentine to try it.
I used a hammer and screwdriver to break off chunks, then crushed the pieces with pliers........then put in a scrap plastic bowl with paint thinner first, then turpentine.
When I made the 60 pens 6 years ago, I had a carbide tipped gouge and skew chisels. Now, I have 3 carbide replaceable tip lathe tools.
I was hoping my new tools would work better, but I still blew out 2 out of 3 ends on the first 3 blanks I tried to turn!!!!!!! Boy, is it a sensitive operation !!
I may need to try to lower my steady rest, so the new tools are cutting lower on the blank.