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    Pen Parts Question

    I love the price of the slim and slimline series. As of now I probably have 60 kits laying around. I need to find comfort bands, bands only. I'm tired of the standard slimline kit and the only thing different from the comfort is that center band.

    So, I come here because you guys know EVERYTHING. Who sells just the center band for the comfort pens? I've found a couple places but I dont think they are worth 86cents each. I know they must be cheaper somewhere!
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    Hey Drew,
    As a option, toss the metal center band and use a wood one of a contrasting or blending wood. This allows you to make a fatter pen, usually the next step in turning slim-lines, with a cool band. I did a Yellowheart with a purpleheart center band a long time ago, it was a good example of contrast that can be fun
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    Wood band.

    I would love to try something like that. Do you buy the wooden bands or make them? I neither know how to make them or where to buy them. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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    It's stupid easy..I say that because I was able to figure so it's that easy
    If your making a slimline, cut your top blank 1/4 to 3/8 short. Cut a contrasting or whatever piece a bit longer and glue together. Now your top blank has a built-in center band! When you attach it to your mandrel, do not use the bushing for the center!!! Just use the top and bottom bushing. Tada!! If I can find some pic's, they'll pop up, but just experiment like crazy! Also buy lots of spare tubes, everyone blows through dozens of them
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    Drew, what Jim wrote is pretty much what I do. I think you got to the IAP forum also don't you? There is a nice turotial in the library there on doing center bands.
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    Where?

    I've look all over the IAP library for the wood center band article and I can't seem to find it. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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    Hey Drew, I'll cut and glue some in the morning w/ pics so you can see the process. I dont have any slimline pens anymore, but you'll get the idea
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    Thanks

    Thanks I appreciate it. I just can't wrap my head around the concept until I see it.
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    Okie Dokie Drew...here we go!

    Picture 1 - you have cut your plank to size for a slimline pen

    Picture 2 - Cut off another 1/4 to 3/8" of whatever you feel like

    Picture 3 - scrap cut to same length as trimming, glue and clamp

    Viola! Now you are no longer limited by the metal center band included in the slimline kit. This allows your imagination to run wild . Can also be done on Euro's and Americana styles...but that's up to you . Now go forth and make curlies to your hearts content ...but most of all...experiment...and post pictures!!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails blank1.jpg   blank2.jpg   blank3.jpg  
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    OK I get it.

    Thats great, now do you have any pictures of the completed project so I can see how the two parts fit together? Do you put any spin on the band part or cut it flush with the other wood? Any picture you could post of one that was done without a center band would be very helpful!
    Husband and Daddy is my primary job, the other thing I do is for money.
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