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