Pen Blank Squaring Jig

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Project by LarryDNJR posted 04-02-2010 10:13 AM 9474 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pen Blank Squaring Jig I made this week. Not sure totals hours put into it. Cost of materials actually spent less than $10. I scrounged up some miscellaneous parts from within my Dad’s shop supplies. There are a few things I want to do to polish this design up some. The 2 Steel Precision V-Blocks are probably the most expensive thing on here but I may create a similar design out of wood instead of using the metal v-blocks. Well the 2 Round Base 3 Holed Tee-Nuts are the 2nd most expensive items. Which I held in place with gorilla glue and 3 brads per unit. I think in the future I would use screws. I would also like to replace the knob with something similar to a crank wheel that extends a little further over the bolt that clamps to the drill press table. I think I may put wing nuts on the bottom instead of regular nuts. All the wood is glued with gorilla glue and fastened from the sides and bottom for strength and stability with bolts. The first blank I drilled with this turned out about as perfectly straight as it is going to be, so I’m happy.

I am going to try and draw up some plans and a materials list here soon and get that posted.

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 12:45 PM

Pens, or whatever, this jig would be a compliment to any drill press. Nice Job!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 07:46 PM

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 10:34 PM

Even though you mislabled it and called it a squaring jig when it is a drilling jig, you did a nice job with it. As with all methods of holding a pen blank there are alot of factors that come into play when getting holes to be drilled straight on a drill press. Nice work on it and hope to see many pens posted. Thanks for showing.

-- John T.

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 01:27 AM

I like it, it’s more robust and it looks like you can get bottle stopper blanks in there as well.
The pen vise I got from WoodCraft is basically for pens only and is a little sloppy.
Well done Larry

-- Vince

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 05:44 PM

well done,want plans when you get there.your pens are great!!!

-- merle

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 06:10 AM

Thank you for the compliments. I am going to work on plans sometime soon. I’ll let you know. :)

-- ~Larry Columbus, OH

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 06:33 AM

Nice work Larry.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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