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watcher

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1808 days ago

hello i am just starting up my pen turning workshop and i have everything i feel i need but the one thing i have been looking at are the pen presses and as i have seen alot of people use clamps of differant types besides the real pen press and i have heard that by useing differant types of presses besides the pen press you can mess up a pen alot eisier doing it without the pen pres so i thought i would put this out there to find out what you all have to say on the subject as most of the pen presses cost anywhere from 35.00 to 50.00 is that money well spent or not. i dont see any pop up on ebay very often and have been looking around at sales, auctions that kind of places and still do find them so any thoughts let me know thanks BYRON

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papadan

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#1 posted 1808 days ago

I’ve been making pens and pencils for about 5 years now and all I use is an Irwin quick clamp.

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dustbunny

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#2 posted 1808 days ago

I have a pen press from WoodCraft. It sold for $50 and I got it on sale for $40.
I use it because I have it and have never tried anything else. I like it, it works well for me.
I suppose a clamp would work just as well, but I didn’t think about trying that before I purchased the press.
I think you could try a quick clamp, if it doesn’t work for you- go with a press.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1808 days ago

I use a full court press. Sorry I couldn’t resist

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watcher

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#4 posted 1808 days ago

hey you got to get em in when you get the chance

-- in wood working there is no need for perfection as inperfections just go to show that the project was done by hand with love and care

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DaneJ

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#5 posted 1807 days ago

I like to think my solution is super simple and, most important, cheap.

I put a piece of 1/2” dowel in the chuck of my drill press and a block on the table and go for it… One end of the dowel has a countersink, I use that end when pressing the pointed end.

I know that some would say that is abuse of a drill press, but I rationalize it by saying that I would use as much pressure to drill a large hole in hardwood.

BTW—for safety sake I unplug the drill press.

-- Dane, Fairview Pk, OH. The large print giveth and the small print taketh away...

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MaxS

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#6 posted 1807 days ago

I use my bench vice. I like the control I get with turning the vice gradually tight vs pulling on the ‘pen press’.

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Kevin

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#7 posted 1807 days ago

just like papadan i use a quick clamp. sometimes i have problems with that or just need some more pressure and just use a small bar clamp

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RetiredCoastie

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#8 posted 1807 days ago

Check out this idea I found here in the projects area http://lumberjocks.com/projects/20873. I have the press from woodcraft as well but it does slip sometimes. USCJeff’s idea looks like a better way to press pens. Save your money for pen kits and blanks and use your lathe head and tail-stock. If you don’t have a chuck, you can still use a tapered plug with a shoulder in the head stock. By using the tail stock you have more control and micro adjustment capabilities.

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Chris Wright

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#9 posted 1807 days ago

Mostly I use my vise. I do have the same press as the one Dustbuny shows, but I find that if you’re having a little difficulty pushing the part in, it will bend it out of alignment. If you want to save a little money, here’s a plan to build one. http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Turning_content/pen_assembly_press.html

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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LesB

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#10 posted 1807 days ago

I use my drill press with soft wooden pads on each end. The quill end can be a wood dowel held in the chuck. Works great and it is a tool I already had.

-- Les B, Oregon

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watcher

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#11 posted 1807 days ago

i want to thank you all for your inputs as i have trouble thinking i need the best or at least what they say is the best made to do that certain job then find out there is a better and cheeper way to do it so thanks all and still anymore input is welcomed

-- in wood working there is no need for perfection as inperfections just go to show that the project was done by hand with love and care

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