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Thread: Shop Made Pen Press

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    Shop Made Pen Press

    I'm gearing up to make about a dozen or so pens, I think I've advanced far enough to make them to sell, and there even seems to be some interest

    Up until now, I've been using my wood vice to press together my pens, but a week or so ago, while ordering some bearings for my Hitachi M12 router, I need to get my order over the 3000 yen mark ($25) to get the free shipping, Monotaro, had the toggle clamps on sale, I got one good for the pen press for about $15.

    I looked at the ones for sale online and came up with this......

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    I turned a round knob for the outside end of the shaft to adjust the distance that the stop block went to, and I turned the stop block as well. The stop block has a very slight indentation turned in it, to make it easier to put everything in line.

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    Some size shots
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    Sorry, it is in cm, just divide the cm by 2.54 to get inches

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    Pressing in the cap and clip

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    Pressing in the tip

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    And the results...

    The wood is Curly Koa, a blank I got from a guy over at SMC, Barry Stranton.

    Sure like the look of this wood, not quite as much chatoyance as the Keyaki, but pretty, just the same!

    BOY did the press work slick, man, I should have built one of these a lone time ago! Took less than an hour to build it, including some head scratching. The block of wood is some Akagashi that I had, hard, hard, and free

    I put a threaded insert in the block of wood to hold the tighten down clamp on the shaft of the stop block.

    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 04-14-2007 at 05:49 PM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tokiwadai, Japan

    Looks really good. Have fun and make some "clamp money" with them pens....

    Oh, BTW. You need to get Kermit a laser, I think...

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  3. #3
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Watch it Stu, you will go broke saving money!

    Brilliant as usual. Those home made tools of yours look like they would do a much better job than many you could buy.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Well done. You certainly will find the press much handier than the vice method. You have your finish technique down and looking good. Pressing in the finial and center band puzzles me. If that is a standard 7mm European pen, the finial cap just screws on (after you press in the threaded fitting) and the center band, for me, just slides on with only minimal finger pressure.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    The Heart of Dixie
    I love seeing another frugal wood worker!

    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    Ooooooooookay, , but it's gotta have a name, right? Let's see's a PRESS, well, wine is made by first using a press, and the designer is a purveyor of Wine, sooooo........ maybe something like Savignon- (sp) Pen'ignon????

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Stu looks good buddy. Great idea.
    Bernie W.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I've resisted getting a pen press (I use one of my parallel clamps, which is OK if you're doing one at a time), but after seeing how you made yours, I'll probably do something similar if I do any more production runs of pens.

    Nice job.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Pen presses are like a lot of subjects. For the homemade ones, you will see a style for every person who has made one. They are made from walnut crackers, Harbor Freight hydraulic presses, old drill presses, whatever. Lotsa ingenuity. Mine is a factory made on I got in a trade.
    For those interested in pen turning/making I reccomend the forum The Pen Shop . It's a friendly forum loaded with good people and advice.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    That reminds me, I gave my vice to my brother and never gave it a thought until now, I have no press of any kind.
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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