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Forum topic by bulzeye posted 03-02-2012 01:59 AM 1089 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 01:59 AM

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for those of you that have turned pens, what do you do if you don’t have the right size pilot shaft? is there another way to clean out the inside of the barrel without having to buy all of the different size shafts? thanks in advance!!

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 12:12 AM

First, try to avoid getting glue inside the tube. Something that I have recently discovered is baseplate wax, used by dentist when fitting dentures. I bought 2 sheet for 35 cent each and it is much easier and neater then my previous method of candle wax. That will keep it out of one end and the other end is easier if you clean off the tube as it is being inserted.
Now, about the trimmer pilots. I have a kit that has about 5 sizes. But, as you are aware, it doesn’t cover all the possibilities. What I do is make sleeves from either delrin or some stuff I have acquired called RenShape.
However, I have in the past used some 2” pieces of wood. If you drill a 1/4” hole in the center like you would for the brass tube, that should fit pretty well on your mandrel. Set it up and turn it down so that the outside diameter fits the inside of the brass tube in question. Then use this as a sleeve over the standard pilot for 7mm.

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