|Project by luv2learn||posted 11-21-2013 09:05 PM||2806 views||21 times favorited||18 comments|
As some of you know I recently bought a lathe. One of the things that I thought I might like to do with it is to turn pen blanks. So, being me, I went to the Penn State Industries website to research what I needed to have in order to make pens. I ordered the mandrel, finish materials, and a stater kit.
One of the related things that I saw was a jig that holds pen blanks in a vertical position so that you can drill out their centers. I thought that I could make this fixture to hold both larger round and square stock as well as the smaller 5/8” to 3/4” square stock required for pen blanks just by adding inserts for the smaller pen stock.
I made the fixture using 3/4” thick pieces of scrap hickory flooring a friend gave to me. I used 5/16” all-thread and hardwood drawer pulls, drilled and taped, for the tightening mechanism.
Oh, I also made a dowel center marking jig.
Thanks for looking. These are simple jigs to make and they sure come in handy.
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green