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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 11-27-2013 08:48 AM 1648 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All pen turners have the problem of drilling the blanks all the way center to center. This simple, cheep and easy to make pen holder solves the problem. It so easy to make that the photos are enough to tell you how to make your own.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 09:07 AM

Hey Sam what a great idea! This is much better than buying the pen blank drill holder thingy worth $50 from Carba-tec. I think making your own useful contraptions makes you feel so happy because they work :D Great job (I am thinking of making one if thats ok with you :D)

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 09:32 AM

No problem, Tim. Thank you for your comment.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 09:54 AM

Nice idea and good to sae $$$$ for something better….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 10:29 AM

Well thought out Sam and well made. More satisfying to use your own gadgets. Easy to follow the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 10:39 AM

What function does the center eye screws serve.

-- Its all about the jigs

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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 10:54 AM

Thom, to pull the two parts away after drilling to release the blank, photo # 4. Thank you all for commenting.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:35 PM

Nice going , Sam. You appreciate tools better if you make them your self,too!!!!!!!!Jim

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

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 02:15 PM

Great little jig, Sam!
I especially like the little “puller aparters”.

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 04:32 PM

Very nice! Favorited as I’ll be building something similar. Thanks for posting!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 05:25 PM

what about a couple of springs set in mortices along the bolts to push the sides apart instead of jacking them apart with the eye screws?

But none the less – thanks for the post – nice job…

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 05:41 PM

I can’t quite get how this is held to the table when drilling the through hole.?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 08:31 PM

Great idea Sam. Will try it out.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-28-2013 12:15 AM

Your not afraid of using premium wood Sam

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 11-28-2013 03:32 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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