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I threw this table together to hold the centering jig. Since I do alot of pens, I wanted to be able to have a “to drill” stack on one side and a “drilled” stack on the other side. Plus, the table catches all the “drill-do” so I can take and dump it all in the “can” at one time.

I put three mag switches on it so I could center it easily and the turn the mags on instead of wrestling clamps and losing the center.

I used 3/4” birch ply as a base and wrapped it in 1 1/2” cherrry so there’d be a fence and the pen blanks wouldn’t wander off while I was drilling. Then, I used a 1/8” roundover bit in a pony router to ease the edges and inside the holes for the mags.

Quick sanding, finished it in Watco. Looks nice and smells real good. It was nice play time and functional build at the same time. And, I started and finished a project in the same day – a rare occasion…..

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.





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rance

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#1 posted 1429 days ago

About time you finished a project. Something to catch your drill poo huh? That’s the finest drill poo catcher I’ve ever seen. I think your jigs look better than my projects. And from the looks of your “to drill” stack, you ain’t got nuttin to do.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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SPalm

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#2 posted 1429 days ago

Sweet.
That is a cool vise you got there. And the mag switch idea it really clever.

Drill poo. I love it. I always like the word swarf, but poo is even better.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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merle

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#3 posted 1429 days ago

wher did you get the blank clamp from?? great set up

-- merle

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Woodbutcher3

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#4 posted 1428 days ago

@merle – Woodcraft SKU#148457 Self Centering Pen Drilling Vise $99.99 – well worth the money!

I am blessed enough to teach pen turning there, too.

Rance – most of the blanks are holding up the table!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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Woodbutcher3

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#5 posted 1428 days ago

I forgot to mention a great detail provided by Rance – He turned a wood (walnut and maple) adjustment knob for the end of the clamp closest to the drill bit – opposite the red handle. It saves me trying to use my big elephant fingers or a wrench to adjust the clamp for different sized pen blanks or other center drilling I might do. (Oh, yes, he has the same jig in his spare workshop in the house – one of three shops – his pen turning shop.)

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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rance

4125 posts in 1762 days


#6 posted 1426 days ago

Elephant fingers hugh? Turn counterclockwise, you get Elephanloosest. Turn clockwise, you get Elephantightest.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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