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Forum topic by JADobson posted 10-18-2018 09:05 PM 328 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JADobson

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10-18-2018 09:05 PM

I have a bunch of pen kits that use a ‘V’ sized drill bit for the brass tubes. I’m looking for the corresponding pen mill. Lee Valley used to carry them but seem to have discontinued them. Anywhere know where in Canada one might get these. Woodcraft and amazon.com have them in the states but shipping is prohibitive from woodcraft and amazon.com’s seller won’t ship over the border. Any leads appreciated!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks


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#1 posted 10-19-2018 09:30 AM

If cannot find what you need here can you substitute 3/8” drill bit. Think v-size bit is 0.3770 & 3/8” is 0.3750 which might be little lose but doabale.

https://www.penblanks.ca/Pen-mills/

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-19-2018 11:25 AM

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#3 posted 10-19-2018 02:34 PM

Thank you very much for your help gentlemen.

Grant – got the drill bit – I’m looking for the mill which squares the top of the blank to the tube. Lee Valley still has them listed on their website here but they are discontinued. Woodcraft might send me one from the US but I’m still waiting to see what shipping charges will be. It looked like Fedex was going to be $28 which is too much so they are looking into USPS for me.

Bill – I know the penblanks.ca site well and have ordered them from a few times. I’ve never actually used a mill before so I’m not certain how important that .020 is. I currently use a lathe mounted disc sander to level them off. I can get them square but it is time consuming and I’m looking for a way to speed things up.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 10-19-2018 07:06 PM

Sorry about that JA. I should have read your post more closely.
Being the cheap bugger that I am, I make sleeves to use with a 7mm pen mill. I just take a pen blank sized piece of corian or hardwood, drill it using a 7mm bit, mount in on the mandrel and turn it down to fit into whatever diameter tube the pen is using.
To square the ends, of a blank, I just slip the sleeve over my 7mm mill shaft and slip that into the pen tube of the blank. This way, I don’t need to buy every mill shaft to fit all the kits that I use.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#5 posted 10-19-2018 10:09 PM

JA. I left out that I glue in a 7mm tube before mounting the sleeve on the mandrel to turn it down. I buy extra 7mm tubes just for this purpose. If you can find corian offcuts to make the sleeves, they will last forever. I’ve some in hard maple and they hold up well, too.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#6 posted 10-20-2018 01:32 AM

That is a really good idea. Thanks.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 10-20-2018 12:59 PM

Bought what was called a universitle pen mill set many year ago which were pretty inexpensive see where William Wood has them for over $50 & $60 dollars. Just his single 3/4” pen mill and single shaft more than paid for that univeral kit many years ago. See where cost much are higher here too.

Same goes for Lee Valley
http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=77188&cat=1,330,43243,48523&ap=1

Pen mill need sharpening after awhile:
http://www.penmakersguild.com/articles/penmillsharpening1.pdf

-- Bill

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