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Simple Pen Blank Drilling Jig

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 10-24-2015 01:09 PM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new lathe in June 2015, but couldn’t use it until I was able to purchase some tools in October 2015. I decided to start learning woodturning by making pens. In order to make pens, you have to drill a hole in a blank and glue an insert into the hole. It’s favorable to drill the hole square from one end to the other. You can buy a vise for your drill press made specifically for pen blanks for $50, but I had already spent enough on the tools and couldn’t afford one. I remembered seeing a video by Sterling Davis where he had a jig with a hinge and a handle to hold the blanks square. I basically made a simpler version of his. You can clamp it to your drill press table in such a way as to make drilling multiple blanks a very repeatable task with not much time wasted between blanks.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYyzLAwFBvI

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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#1 posted 10-24-2015 03:55 PM

Very simple Chris, very good. I suggest a back-up board so there is no tear-out when the drill bit exits the pen blank.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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