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post #1 of 17 Old 10-16-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Woodpecker's Pen blank centre finder

Folks,

Posting in case some of you feel this is the type of "must have" aid to your pen work.

http://www.woodpeck.com/ottpbcenterfinder.html

Woodpeckers has been doing a lot of "one off" items. Customers have to pre-order.

This pen blank centre finder may be of interest to some of you.

I appreciate there are other ways and other tools.

I think Woodpeckers will lose some potential orders since this will not ship until the New Year.

The usual, no affiliation. I am just a Woodpeckers customer who gets the emails.
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Very nifty tool, but $29 is kinda spendy,

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Very nifty tool, but $29 is kinda spendy,
True.

Now if somebody with scrap steel and a milling machine were able to cut at a 45 degree angle, he could probably make himself something similar

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True.

Now if somebody with scrap steel and a milling machine were able to cut at a 45 degree angle, he could probably make himself something similar

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Very nifty tool, but $29 is kinda spendy,
I agree. If they were able to sell for the $10 price mark they would get more customers. This is why I referred to this as a "must have" aid in the original post.

I have not got into turning pens, but if I did, I do not expect I would splurge for this.

I have purchased other Woodpecker "one off" projects which were easier to justify the expenditure.

With Xmas coming up, someone may feel this is a good Xmas gift.
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Well I've got a plastic center finder from Rockler that was pretty cheap and I'm content with that. Even if the Woodpecker were slightly more accurate I doubt it'd be enough to make a difference. Besides it seems like the wood grain often has a mind of its own when I make an indention with my punch anyway.
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I agree. If they were able to sell for the $10 price mark they would get more customers. This is why I referred to this as a "must have" aid in the original post.

I have not got into turning pens, but if I did, I do not expect I would splurge for this.

I have purchased other Woodpecker "one off" projects which were easier to justify the expenditure.

With Xmas coming up, someone may feel this is a good Xmas gift.
Well if a member is here is thinking if sending me a Xmas gift, this would be nice hahaha. :)

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True.

Now if somebody with scrap steel and a milling machine were able to cut at a 45 degree angle, he could probably make himself something similar
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Yes, just like that ...

Nice work!

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I think I'm about to loose my machine shop privaliges lol,,,

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Thats exactly what i said...

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Very nice work on the pen centre finder.

Bummer if they are going to stop the shop privilege though.

No more Rus Demka tools. The apocalypse may be upon us.
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Very nice work on the pen centre finder.

Bummer if they are going to stop the shop privilege though.

No more Rus Demka tools. The apocalypse may be upon us.
Turns out that they are not taking our privilages away but moving the machine shop to a different building about 25 miles away. It will be a lot more difficult to make more tools and keep the cost down. So I have a couple weeks of access left :(
That's ok, I think there are alot of my tools out there already..

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Pen blanks are typically much larger than they need to be to actually make the pen. I just mark them by eye. Here's how. hold your pencil so your finger is acting like a guide. Draw 4 straight lines with the tip being near the center and using your finger as the depth setting. When you finish where the 4 lines intersect creates a very small square. It's very simply to then find the center of this square.
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Pen blanks are typically much larger than they need to be to actually make the pen. I just mark them by eye. Here's how. hold your pencil so your finger is acting like a guide. Draw 4 straight lines with the tip being near the center and using your finger as the depth setting. When you finish where the 4 lines intersect creates a very small square. It's very simply to then find the center of this square.
John that's exactly what I do, but I like making my own tools even if I never use it, plus duncsuss challenged me lol
It is a little quicker with this tool, but I wouldn't spend the $30 they charge for it...

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