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Project by GeneR posted 03-27-2013 07:36 PM 1418 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The idea for this assembly jig came about due to me making multiple pens and having parts rolling all over my workbench,. Yes I could have put a towel down but I am hard headed andd have enough stuff spread across my bench. This made from a piece of maple and a 3/4 piece of aromatic cedar that I resawed and planed down to 1/4” thick and book matched together. I then laminated the cedar to the maple and cut it to size. I createdd a layout jig from hardboar that I could reuse to make more of these (if anyone is interested wink wink). Once the lines and holes were marked I drilled the peg holes with a drill press to about 1/2” deep. Next I made a circle cutting template that plugged into the peg holes for alignment of the parts bowls. I used a 3/8” bowl tray router bit with a bearing to cut out the parts bowls. I then used a round over bit to round the edges of the entire jig. I then cut the dados for the blank holders, yes they are 2 different sizes to allow for blanks that are slightly larger then 1” thick. Next I cut the 3/16” dowels to size (this is the largest size to allow for 7mm pen tubes). Then I sanded and finished with natural danish oil then a coat of shellac to seal it and then used 3 coats of spray on laquer. Once the laquer dried I glued in the pegs, waited for them to dry and trimmed the glue overspread. Once this was done i finished with one final uniform coat of laquer.
Hope everyone enjoys it.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)





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tonybrews

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 10:10 PM

I like it. I’m sure most of us have the same issues with parts. Good job.

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 10:58 PM

Nice build, and I thought I was fancy with a tray lined with leather to hold the parts in one place. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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lumberjoe

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 11:06 PM

That’s nicer than a lot of pens I make

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GeneR

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 09:27 PM

Thanks i have had couple people in town tell me I should sell them but the time and materials would probably over price it. But I might build a couple more and put them on Ebay or Craigslist. Any thoughts from anyone?

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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tonybrews

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 12:34 AM

A couple of points that I can think of about selling:

- If someone is making pens, they may want to make their own. (I know I do now!), but if turning is their only forte, they may not be tooled up for making them.

- Since users would be into woodworking, they would know and understand the time and craftsmanship involved in making them, therefore, may be willing to pay the price.

- You can also try Facebook. I’ve gotten a few requests for items that I make, just by posting photos on Facebook.

Good luck, it’s a really nice jig that you can’t get in any store.

Tony

-- Tony, Colorado, tonybrews@comcast.net

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 12:41 AM

Bullet pens sell themselves right out of the box IF you can get a gunshop to put say 10-15 in the display. Of course you lose some as you have to share for the exposure but moving them is not bad, if you can get some help….

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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