My brother doesn’t always think in advance but tries to help me out by bringing “business” my way. Well his latest “hey I bought this/these for you to engrave” are these lovely hand turned pens. The problem is before asking me what woods to get and not to get he just bought an assortment (and two different sizes ). I’m not hung up on the alignment or jig issue, but more so the fact that I have an assortment of wood selection and each will be different.
The question at hand is for turners, are you testing woods before to get your approximate ideal settings or are you going with your final product and making another pass if needed?
The only thing is these aren’t “well if you mess up no big deal” pens, they are purchased product for distribution. So I don’t want to necessarily engrave then engrave again and have it go too deep. I also don’t have some of these wood scraps like Osage Orange to just try settings on like I would with walnut or hickory etc. Some of the thinner pens also have thin shanks so I know if I run multiple passes my risk of burn through is much higher.