No Longer Here, BY CHOICE
Im a complete noob when it comes to pens. Last weekend was my first time making any and I have turned exactly 6 pens to date. IMO these assemble so easily that an expensive press is unnessisary. I pressed my first one together with my wood vice and that was kinda a pain. Not having any quick clamps I decided to make my own and it works extremely well. Probably better than anything being sold as a pen press. It cost me exactly $2 to make it.
I ran to the local hardware and purchased an elevator bolt. These are the ones wih the large flat heads. I also purchased a roll pin that was just slightly smaller than the threads of the bolt. I drove the pin over the bolt. This was just to hide the threads because I was gonna be chucking this in my drill press and didnt wanna mess up my chuck. I then epoxied a small piece of HPDE plastic to the head of the bolt. Next I cut a small piece of 1/2 ply (any kinda scrap you have laying around will work) and then epoxied HDPE plastic to it as well. I put this piece in the lathe and turned it round and smooth although that wasnt necissary. The point of my live center created a divot that was perfect for fitting the pen nibs into. That piece just sits on the table of your drill press. Thats all there is to it and it works extremely well. Most woodworkers will have the parts laying around to make this free of charge with the exception of the elevator bolt.
If you cant picture what this looks like, I can run down to the shop and get a pic.
I also made a drilling jig but it still dosnt work perfect. Its a first prototype though and took about 2 minutes to make so it will improve over time. If you cant tell, I hate spending money when I can make the same thing in the shop, especially when I can make it out of scraps and it work better than one that costs $50, lol!!
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