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#1 posted 05-12-2010 03:26 AM

Hi Jeff,

Drilling a blank has to be accurate: If your shaft is way off on one side , as you turn it, you won’t have enough material to complete your pen on one side.

Even with a drill press it can be a challenge. If you can drill “strait” with a hand drill it could work…but most folks can’t. Try it on a practice blank to see (could try levels attached to hand drill—but it’s tricky).

A better option is to get a drill chuck for the tailstock of your lathe—many folks prefer this approach.
Lee Valley is a great supplier…they have a drill chuck ($33) ... see…,180,42334

(FYI, I use a drill press with a simple handmade jig to hold the blank perpendicular to the drill press bed).

Good luck,

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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