The Saga of Pen #22 #3: Last Day

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Blog entry by TheDane posted 08-10-2013 08:02 PM 2102 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is assembly day … one by one, I assemble and test the pens. I use a pen press I bought a couple of years ago from Grizzly.

Note the numbered wooden blocks being used for spacers. This pen press actually has a Bristol Lever (ratchet handle) that can be used, but it got cracked at some point, and broke while I was just starting to assemble a batch of pens, so I knocked out the wooden spacers to get by until I could get a replacement. No local suppliers stock metric levers and knobs, so it took a week or so before I could source and order one. In the meantime, I got used to spacer blocks and prefer them … they are actually faster.

I follow pretty much a standard procedure for assembly … the nib and transmission go into the business end of the barrel, then the cap and clip go into the other end.

Not a bad result …

... but then I’m probably not very objective, either!

Pen #22 will soon be packaged up with the other 24 and shipped back to Sarge. From there, he’ll make sure they get into the hands of the men and women in uniform who are serving our country in defense of our liberty.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 10:00 PM

Gerry thanks for the descriptions and pictures. It takes some of the mystery out of the process. One day when I get my shop built and organized I will call you.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 10:42 PM

Very good cause Jerry. Very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 11:45 PM

Now, that wasn’t very hard to do… was it?

Nice work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 09:31 PM

Great looking pen

I have a similar press from Woodcraft.

Live the block idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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