|Project by woodbutcherbynight||posted 04-02-2013 01:28 AM||3091 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
Tired of using my makeshift method for pen blanks I decided to follow Bearpaws advice and make a jig. Having seen many at shows and such I had an idea, but the design took me some time to refine. The learning process took about a week’s worth of nighttime work to finally get a working model, another week to make the actual jig you see. Wanting to be able to expand this jig for other possible uses I added two lock down pins on the left side but made sure the bit could never touch outside the drilling plate. Made 5 extra disposable templates out of some white pine but this one I used some Maple from a entertainment center someone gave me. Once set on the drillpress the process is simple, set the blank, center it to the drillbit and lock it down the drill. If I use the same size blanks each time I can do several in just a few moments, if I have larger sizes of course the jig has to be reset. Usually I run 5-8 kits all the same size at a time and have them in various stages of production. Hope this is helpful for someone else or inspires a better one. Any suggestions are most welcome.
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