Step by Step Acetate Pen Turning #4: Assembly

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Blog entry by FrankoManini posted 03-14-2010 07:38 AM 1694 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We are nearing the end of our journey, but we’re not home yet. Assembly of the blank, while not difficult, has at least one critical step. Here are the parts laid out for assembly:

From Red Acetate Pen

A pen press can help oreint the parts so they press together squarely, ensuring all interfaces are seamless. Here, the point is pressed into the lower blank.

From Red Acetate Pen

The most important step of the whole process happens here. The transmission advances the ball of the pen for writing, and retracts it for storage. Seating it too deeply will not allow the pen to retract. To remove a transmission, it often must be destroyed. Before pressing the transmission into place, wrap some tape around it to it does not seat too deeply.

From Red Acetate Pen

From Red Acetate Pen

The finished product:

From Red Acetate Pen

-- - If my wife asks, I got ALL of my tools on sale.

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 11:00 AM

Beautiful pen. If my wife ever gets a hold of a small lathe, I’m done for. She has a pen fetish (sickness). She buys them everytime she sees one she doesn’t have. Making your own must be an endless source of unique pens. Do you mind sharing the cost of the innards so I can do some retirement planning? ;-)

-- Jim

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 12:18 PM

Thank you thank you thank you excelent tutorial well set out clear knowledge and a great help to me now spring is here i can get back in to my workshop


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 01:07 PM

Nice looking pen.. I need to make some more pens or at least 2 since thats all the kits I have lol..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 10:21 PM

Nice pen and a great tutorial posting….

I’m 2/3 way through turning a acetate pen and found your tips helpful….
Thanks again,
Terry NB Canada

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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