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Pen blank jig for drill press

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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 512 days ago 2351 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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





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CliffSCCA

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#1 posted 512 days ago

Nice looking jig!

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#2 posted 512 days ago

Cool jig, great job

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#3 posted 512 days ago

I assume that that is Russian for template. Looks good.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#4 posted 512 days ago

Seriously, why the russian inscription?

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 511 days ago

My wife is from Ukraine, she speaks Russian, Ukrainian and English. I speak Russian but cannot read much yet… This is my way to slowly learn to read. Speaking is fairly easy, but reading Russian takes time. Oddly it works….. This jig has been passed to a friend of mine in Ukraine that runs a Cabinet making shop, they do not read much English so the picture and that single word was helpful for them to get the idea of what it is across.

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

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#6 posted 510 days ago

Nice work! Love the function!

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lew

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#7 posted 510 days ago

Nice Jig!

Funny you should mention the Russian language. I had a student in school that went on to become a Chemistry Teacher. He later told me he had to learn to read Russian because all of the great chemist were Russian and their works were published in their native language. He added, he could not speak Russian- just read it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 509 days ago

I like the language and the people, not the politics of course. You can use the most common of phrases in Russian, like a greeting and they sound like you have cursed someone to the end of the world and back…. (laughing) Until I met my wife I worked hard to be able to sit down and order my food without any English. Took some time, helped I had clothes bought from there and “looked’ at casual glance to be “one of them” to most tourist eliminating unwanted guests sometimes.

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

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#9 posted 508 days ago

отлично

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 507 days ago

спасибо

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Ray Culver

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#11 posted 488 days ago

Great functionality with this jig. I’m going to turn my old one into a pen and make this one instead.

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