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    DIY Pen Press

    Well, My old pen press was based on one of those linear toggle clamps.

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    With the pressure used to push together pen parts, it would flex and the front supports would sort of bend. It worked ok, but I thought I could do better. It didn't have all that much travel, so I had to readjust the stop block position pretty frequently.

    So after about 1.5 hours and some shop scraps, This is what I came up with.

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    It's got about 4 inches of travel. The stop block adjusts by rotating it.

    Seems to work pretty good...
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    Great idea! That is just awesome Brent. Going to have to look at making one when I do get into making pens. Almost started a while back and got sidetracked with "House" work.
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    Lookin' good.

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    Offer some plans and make $$ for more pen stuff
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    I missed this when you posted it. Looks great, Brent.
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    Yeah, there's been some other stuff going on...

    No worries, just trying to keep the signal to noise ratio a little higher.

    Once I finish up another cutting board, I've got a few more pics ready to post of boards and pens......
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    Brent, that looks great!

    Much like the one I made a while back

    >> Stu's DIY Pen Press <<

    I cheated and used a toggle clamp

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    It appears there are 2 different grades of the linear toggle clamps.

    The one you used appears to have a solid barrel welded to the base?

    My previous version of my pen press used one with some bent metal pieces.

    That led me to my frustration.

    I'm giving some though to doing a quick release on the end piece like you have, but I have enough travel on my press, I'm not sure I need to really adjust the 'anvil' all that much...

    Plus, I got to use my lathe to turn a few parts for this
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    Here's my toggle clamp version

    It doesn't seem to bend or flex. I used an old DeStaCo clamp that had been laying around for a number of years. The t-track and knob were left over from another project, too. I like the long levers on Brent's and Stu's much better, and will modify mine accordingly.

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    Now that's a Serious looking toggle clamp!

    I like the way you used the Ttrack there. That's one slick idea.

    Hmmm, I think I might just have a short chunk laying around....

    Ah, maybe I should just use mine the way it is for a few more pens before I rebuild it!
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