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Project by luv2learn posted 11-21-2013 09:05 PM 2806 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 11-21-2013 09:15 PM

Great looking jigs—thanks for sharing and these are definitely favorites to add to my “bucket list.”

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

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 09:55 PM

Sure is a nice looking jig. Very functional and great design. Nice work. I can use this for other things.

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

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 10:35 PM

Good thinking nice Jig.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 11:09 PM

Ahhhh L2L, once again a top shelf build buddy. I cant wait to see the pens you turn out Lee…”and this one is the titan 2000, it writes in 12 colors, has a stereo/CD player built in and a on board navigation system….” Impressed already….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 11:14 PM

I just finished a table for my drill press made from a Penn State Industries. This would make a great addition! Thanks for posting and idea!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 12:22 AM

Good looking jig, Lee. I’m sure it’ll serve you well.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 01:29 AM

John, sometimes I get the most satisfaction out of building the simplest things. These were two of them.

Dave, I am curious to “What other things” you had in mind for the jigs.

a1Jim, thanks for the kind words.

Come on Buster, a stereo in a pen? How about an MP3 player LOL!!

Kelly, I don’t know how many times in the past I wished I had one of these jigs. Now I do and they will get a workout.

Huck, I don’t think I will wear them out any time soon LOL.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 11-22-2013 03:07 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 03:25 AM

Thanks Rick.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 11-22-2013 03:26 AM

Thanks for posting this. It’s perfectly timed too. I have to drill a lot of holes in a lot of dowels for some Christmas gifts I’m making. This will help immensely in that task.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 11-22-2013 04:52 AM

Glad to have given you a solution Tom.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 11-22-2013 11:34 AM

Great thought process. Keep it up.

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#13 posted 11-22-2013 12:36 PM

Good thinkin, and fabricatin…......gr8 stuff. You could glue some sandpaper on that drilling jig for round stock to help the holding power, to insure it wouldn’t turn while drilling.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 02:33 PM

Lee, checked this out with interest. Good looking jig. Thanks for the tip on Penn state industries. I have several people ask about making them a custom chess set, but with no lathe I can’t even start. (Could make a nice board though). Good job.

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luv2learn

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 05:11 PM

Thanks Terry.

Great idea Roger. I wonder if that non-skid material that people use for drawer bottoms would work as well?

Jeff thanks for your comments, Harbor Freight lathes aren’t top of the line but they are good enough to get started turning.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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