Pen Blank Drilling Jig

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Project by TheDane posted 12-09-2011 04:58 AM 6182 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took on a pretty good-sized commitment to turn 25 pens for the Freedom Pens Project, and needed a pen blank drilling jig.

I took one of the wooden clamps that seldom get used, cut a 45-degree ‘V’ in each jaw, and mounted it on a scrap of plywood. The corner of each ‘V’ has a tunnel to prevent chip/sawdust buildup that would throw the alignment off, and I cut a dado in the plywood to allow for a replaceable hardboard backer to keep the bit from blowing out the end grain.

Works pretty good!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 05:26 AM

Looks like a great jig , Gerry : )

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 05:26 AM

Nice jig. Good thought went into that design. I’ll bet it works well for you!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 07:10 AM

Smart adaptation of that clamp and base Gerry.
Looks like that jig does a good job!

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 07:11 AM

Wow, great idea

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#5 posted 12-09-2011 03:05 PM

Look great, very functional! Happy turning…

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#6 posted 12-09-2011 04:17 PM

Great idea. Have been using a commercial drilling jig but I like yours better.

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#7 posted 12-09-2011 05:23 PM

This just proves the old saw: ”Necessity is the mother of invention.”

In my shop, Mom gets pretty tired sometimes!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 02:50 PM

Great idea, Dane. I was 6 pens into a 25 pen Freedom Pen project when both lathes broke. Still waiting on the parts.

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#9 posted 12-31-2012 08:40 PM

Just ran across this old post, so I’m pretty late to this party…. But I just hadta say
A “Gerry Rig Jig” ... How cool!

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