|Project by Owlcroft||posted 05-24-2012 01:31 AM||3726 views||12 times favorited||6 comments|
I have been using a Rockler Pen vice I bought when I first started making Pens. It is an adequate pen vice for drilling blanks; but a poor substitute for a pen assembly press. I knew there had to be a better way without spending a lot for one of those on the pen making sites. So I did a little web search to find shop made pen assembly press plans.
I found a lot of shop made pen presses, but none had easy to follow instructions with measurements. I finally ran across a pen press by Al Faul on Woodturning Online. It had a lot of pictures, some explanation of how to make it, and a few basic measurements. More than enough, I love a challenge.
This is the result after a few minor changes; a pen assembly press from scrapes in my shop, a 3/16” x 36” rod for $2.77 from Home Depot, and 6 wood screws (4 ea. 1” #10 & 2 ea. 2” #10) that can easily be made in a weekend with basic woodworking skills.
Check out my Lumberjocks Blog for a detailed tutorial with everything you need to make your own pen assembly press.