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Thread: Pen Drilling Ideas

  1. #1
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    Apr 2008
    Columbia, SC

    Pen Drilling Ideas

    Ok so I dont wanna buy a pen drilling jig, those things run about fifty bucks, but after trying to drill them myself and ruining several nice pen blanks I need some help, what do you guys suggest when trying to drill the pen blank for the insertion of the brass tube!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    If you're using a drill press you could just put the blank in a handscrew like the ones shown here:

    Just be sure the blank is plumb to the drill bit and you should be good to go.
    Last edited by Gord Rock; 04-05-2008 at 10:30 PM.

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    Aug 2007
    Cotswolds, UK
    I just hold mine in a hand clamp.
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  4. #4
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I just use a cheap little drill press vise similar to this one:

    I put a thin piece of wood underneath the bottom end of the blank so I'm not drilling into the gap in the middle or the cast iron vise on either also helps prevent blowout. I don't usually anchor the vise - I just position it by eye and hold it by hand. I do use a drill press. I don't think I'm good enough with a hand-held drill to do it without a press.
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  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Drums, PA
    I drill on the lathe using a scroll chuck to hold the blank and a drill chuck in the tailstock.

  6. #6
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    I use either of these, both are simple and work fine. the one on the right I built from watching Bill Baumbeck's Basic Pen Turning video.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2007
    lutefisk capitol, USA
    I had one from Rockler that was about $12 and made to attach to their drill press fence. Since I didn't have the table and fence at the time I used a pocket hole setup and screwed it down to a piece of 3/4 plywood.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Here is what I did..........

    >> Pen Drilling Vice <<

    ....I've made a lot of pens and this thing just works great, quick and easy too!

    While I'm at it, look at my >> Pen Press << too

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  9. #9
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    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    I use the same thing as Vaughn. I use a machinist square to make sure it is straight up and down. Works great.
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  10. #10

    Pen drilling ideas

    does any one have the Rockler pendrill/press combo that sells for $90.00?

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