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Hacksaw007

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1305 days ago

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I have read some of the forum questions, and seen some of the homemade solutions, and heard a few comments about brand names.j I own a Grizzly pen press, and it is the biggest piece of junk that you could expect. The headstock is bent, the handle has broken several times, and the cam rod is now tilting upward. Almost useless. THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING BETTER OUT THERE, AS FAR AS A BRAND NAME OR HOMEMADE? I looked over Woodcraft and read the reviews, and that one seems to be a sister to my Grizzly. Started to read over Rocklers, and it hit me to ask the group of Lumber Jocks to see what they have up their sleeves? Any suggestions or help out there would make this a good forum for lots to read. For the record, I am not really interested in tieing up my lathe to put pens together, as good as that might be….... Thanks for your time and help.

Mike

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1305 days ago

Here’s one. Since I don’t turn pens I don’t know how good it is.

http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Turning_content/pen_assembly_press.html

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rance

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#2 posted 1305 days ago

A bolt in my drill press has never failed me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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darryl

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#3 posted 1305 days ago

I just use one of my 12” bar clamps. nothing fancy and it gets the job done.

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lew

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#4 posted 1305 days ago

I made this one and it seems to work OK. Got the idea from someone else-

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

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 1305 days ago

I use an old 1 ton arbor press that I’ve had for years. I can’t imagine anything that works better.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Jurin

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#6 posted 1305 days ago

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Tom Stover

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#7 posted 1305 days ago

I use a 1/2 ton arbor press from Harbor Freight, its cheap and works great

-- Tom Stover

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Hacksaw007

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#8 posted 1305 days ago

Thanks guys, a lot of good suggestions. Lew, you are amasing! Maybe you should start making them? Jurin, I checked out your link, and that one looks much better than the one that I have. Do you have this one yourself?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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richgreer

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#9 posted 1304 days ago

I’ve made hundreds of pens and I have never seen the need for a dedicated pen press. I have a small block of wood with a short dowel sticking into one side. Put the dowel into the chuck on your drill press and you have a good pen press.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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jayman7

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#10 posted 1304 days ago

I’ve used my bench vise for every pen I’ve made and has yet to fail me.

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Hacksaw007

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#11 posted 1280 days ago

I checked out the suggestion from Jurinon the PSI pen press, and read the comments of those people who purshased it. Purshased it 2 weeks ago and have used it a dozen times now, works good. Takes some getting used to, certainly heavy duty. Thanks for your suggestion. Does need an extra spacer block but easy to make.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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