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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 06-06-2010 04:53 AM 1396 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2010 04:53 AM

So I’m new to pens and spent the day turning a few slimlines. I was putting one together and wasn’t paying attention and inserted the twist mechanism too far (about 1/2 inch too far). Anyway, so now I’m stuck because I can figure out a way to get it back out (at least without wrecking the twist mechanism).

Anyone have some advice on how to get it out? I’m stumped!

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 06:05 AM

Sorry Jeff no pen exsperiance here

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 06:21 AM

There are pen disassembly kits for such purposes….I do not think they are that expensive…but I do not have one. I have used a rubber eraser to push out a tube from a pen once…the kind you get to refill one of those eraser pens…worked good and no damage. you can also put the pen in a freezer or on ice for a while and then the item should slide easier (brass and copper have alot of movement due to heat and cold – I froze mine before using the eraser. The kits have punches and the lot I believe…some even have a press for squeezing out the tubes….you might try the cold and if that won’t do it…look at one of those kits.

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 06:28 AM

you need a pen disassembly tool or a piece of 1/8 rod and a piece of approx 7/32 rod. Here is a link to how pen disaddembly works you could use a 1/8 drill bit if it is long enough. feel free to pm me if you have questions.

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 06:29 AM

Harbor Freight has a 28 piece transfer punch set that works great. It will work on almost all pens.

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 11:47 PM

This happened to me before.
Don’t cringe….I put it in the twist mechanism in a machinist vise and,
after working up a good sweat, it came out.
This is not the right way to do it, but I did it without
ruining the rest of the pen.
The twist mechanism went into the garbage crushed flat.
Totally unconventional !
Inserted a new twist mechanism…good to go : )
You can buy them individually 79 cents, or pack of ten $6.79
from Wood - N - Whimsies, great pen turners site.



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#6 posted 06-07-2010 01:35 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone. After looking at the disassembly instructions I got an idea. I had an old cheap clamp hanging around. I ended up drilling a hole in it so the twist mechanism could go through, but the wood and pen shaft couldn’t. Than put inserted the pen mandrel in the other end, fed it into the clamp hole and started to squeeze. The clamp pushed on the bottom of the twist and since it was free to move, but not the shaft and wood it came right back out the same way!

Just thought I would let you know and potentially help those who end up with the same problem.

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#7 posted 06-07-2010 01:47 AM

Do you have a wooden screw clamp? If so, close the clamp completely. Then, on your drill press drill a hole that is right in the middle of the crack between the 2 wooden pieces. The diameter of the hole should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the pen works (the twist mechanism). Next, get a washer that is just a bit larger than the pen works. Put the washer over the pen works and set the pen works into the clamp (where you drilled the hole) and tighten. There should be just a little bit of room (1/16”) between the washer and the clamp. Now insert 1 or 2 screw drivers under the washer and twist. VOILA!!

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