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Preferred method of drilling pen blanks

I was just curious how every one is drilling their pen blanks, wether it be on the lathe or a drill press and what jig you use as I am trying to find a new method. Currently I use a machinist vise which works, but it could be quicker and more accurate. Any pictures, especially of home made jigs, would be awesome!!
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I use a wood screw to hold the blank and drill press.

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I use a 4 jaw chuck and drill chuck on the lathe. Perfectly centered every time, unless I somehow screw up chucking the blank.
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I use one like this

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I drill on the lathe using my 4 jaw chuck.
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I drilling on the drill press using this vise from Woodcraft.


For when I drill on the lathe I use this chuck.


http://www.woodcraft.com/product/208...ling-vise.aspx

http://www.pennstateind.com/mm5/merc...huck&x=12&y=25

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I have a Paul Huffman Vise on my drill press. Classicnib is a reseller of these high quality vises
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I have found the key to be the bit. Colt makes a great one. Gotta be sharp and keep it cool.
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I drill on the drill press with a home made jig.



I dunno thats its a prefered method but it works just fine and I didnt pay 50 bucks or more for it. In fact it cost me less than a buck to make. I also only use Wood River pen makers bits for pen blank drilling.

I do have some pin jaws for my chuck that would hold a pen blank real well and have been thinking about that but I dont like the idea of changing the jaws everytime I want to drill a pen blank.

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I drill on the drill press with a home made jig.

I dunno thats its a prefered method but it works just fine and I didnt pay 50 bucks or more for it. In fact it cost me less than a buck to make. I also only use Wood River pen makers bits for pen blank drilling.

I do have some pin jaws for my chuck that would hold a pen blank real well and have been thinking about that but I dont like the idea of changing the jaws everytime I want to drill a pen blank.
Cool thanks, I agree with you about spending big bucks for a vise. My uncle left his wood river vise in the shop, I have been taking full advantage of it, that one costs 90 bucks!!! Too much for me!
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