Pen Turning Accessories

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-10-2013 01:06 PM 2302 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t turn pens but I got a lesson how to do it from a fellow Lumberjock, Rustic, Tuesday. So I made him these accessories to drill the blanks in the drill press and to press the ends into the tubes in the drill press too.

The aluminum piece goes in the chuck to push in the parts

The little corner block with the punch is for centering the hole on 3/4 Square blanks. Just hit the punch with a hammer and there is good center mark to drill to.

The plywood angle plate holes it truly vertical to drill a hole straight in the blank.

Just made from pieces laying around the shop! finish on anything.
..........Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 01:30 PM

Nice design

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 01:30 PM

Very well done. Great Idea

-- Ron Campbell

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 02:05 PM

Looks like it will work good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 02:08 PM

Looks well thought out, nicely designed and constructed—gotta love home made jigs! Why buy them when you can build them better.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 02:33 PM

Nice jig! I have a couple boards with a “V”router groove I use in a vice to clamp pen blanks for drilling. I really like the idea of using the drill press to press the pen parts together. I’ll have to try this! I keep saying I’m done with pens though and then I end up making more.

-- Dick

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 04:47 PM

Hello Jim

This a very nice jig Simple and effective

I will make one this week

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 05:32 PM

My kind of jigs

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 05:45 PM

Very nice Jim…great idea. Thanks for sharing

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 10-10-2013 06:26 PM

I’m not a pen turner Jim, and really don’t understand most of this, but by reading the other comments you sure did something good. Nice that you help out others.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 10-10-2013 07:00 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I made the angle plate like the one I use in my drill press all the time. Rick had to go in to work early today so he did not see it yet, but I think it will speed up the drilling process a lot.
This is the barter system- he helps me out all the time with computer problems and I support him with tools!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-10-2013 08:23 PM

I like simple


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#12 posted 10-10-2013 10:17 PM

Nice jig Jim, sure it will be appreciated.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 03:24 AM

I hope it will serve you well for a long time.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 03:37 PM

I haven’t the slightest clue on this one but looks good :)

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 06:26 PM

Good jigs. I like the punch especially.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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