Thanks for the helpful responses. Hopefully I'll be in the pen-turning business (more like hobby) soon.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "valkcapt" <valkcapt@...> wrote:
> I want to use my Taig lathe with ER spindle to turn pens. However, I can't figure out what I need in terms of a mandrel, or how it is supported. I gather that the mandrel is supported by the headstock on one end, I assume by an ER collet, and by the live center at the tail stock, although I haven't figured out how that connection works. Sorry for being so dense, but I would really appreciate your opinions on this.