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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 1740 days ago 7587 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea for this pen press from USCJeff’s project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/20873 I hope you don’t mind Jeff.

I used synthetic material used for cutting boards from Tap plastics in Portland OR. for $3.00 for a 8”x8”x1” piece.

I turned both to a #2 morse taper with a tapered hole for pressing the pen nibs. They fit and work great. I prefer this over the lever type press that I own. I have a Buddie that I’m slowly bringing to the dark side of pen turning, I’m trying to help him with some tooling and I plan to loan him my lever press but I needed a press also so I made this version.

Sorry for the out of focus pics but you get the idea.
Thanks again Jeff for the idea.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops





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interpim

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#1 posted 1740 days ago

just curious, but why do you prefer this method over the lever type press? It seems to me that I would get annoyed with having to swap out my mandrel and live center to pop these in every time I wanted to assemble a pen.

-- San Diego, CA

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RetiredCoastie

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#2 posted 1740 days ago

The lever press I have slips sometimes and I’ve cranked the knob down tight and scored the rod in several places, with the tail stock crank I can apply even pressure when pressing the components. I also will turn several pens and assemble them at one time when I’m done turning so it’s not a problem swapping out the tail stock. Probably the biggest reason is so my Buddie can have a pen press until he gets outfitted and this was a cheap solution, plus I learned how to turn plastics which is a pain in the butt.

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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Sawdust2

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#3 posted 1740 days ago

I just use my bench vise.
But this is a neat idea.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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yarydoc

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#4 posted 1740 days ago

I use my drill press. I place a bolt in the chuck and press. This has worked great for me.

Ray

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1740 days ago

Looks like a great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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thelt

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#6 posted 1740 days ago

Looks great and an outstanding idea. I can’t find any of the cutting board material anywhere around here. I’ve looked at the flea market for some of the cutting boards but they are more expensive than buying it from Rockler or other suppliers.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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stefang

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#7 posted 1740 days ago

Good idea. I don’t know anything about pen turning, but I would think an appropriate hardwood might also work well for this if you can’t get the plastic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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drbyte

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#8 posted 1740 days ago

This looks like it would do a great job. I have a home-made lever press that works okay. I bought a small cheap arbor press from HF and it works the best for me. I have a piece of counter-top with 6 sets of two metal rods, one for the top and one for the bottom halves. After turning, I slip 1-6 pens on the little base then head to the arbor press to assemble.

-- Dennis, WV

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 1670 days ago

I use a machinist small vise on the drill press for drilling out, and a bench vise with wooden jaws for snugging it all up together when assembling.However I really like the nylon lathe inserts they look like the business. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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RetiredCoastie

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#10 posted 1670 days ago

Thanks Alistair! I hope you had a good Christmas!

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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thelt

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#11 posted 1670 days ago

I’ve got some small pieces of oak I think I’ll try that with. I’ll let you guys know how it comes out.

retiredcoastie, what size is the hole for the pen nibs? I’ll use one of the live centers as a model.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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