Cigar kit cigar pen

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Project by D_Allen posted 09-08-2012 11:33 PM 4101 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It seemed appropriate to use a cigar style pen kit in the next cigar pen.
Problem was, how do you hide the nib end. Well, this worked out.
There are 4 rare earth magnets that hold the ash on the nib end to cover the tip.
It uses a double twist cigar kit in gun metal. There are some issues with the fit because of some bushings that do not fit tight enough. It takes a lot of extra time getting the pieces to fit and the magnets set.
I’m going to try to think up a better way to hold the ashes on the end but the basics of the design work.
The diameter is just over 3/4”, about a #50 in cigar measurements.
These sure are fun to make!

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 11:40 PM


Would a tapered hole, for the nib, and a magnet in the side of the hole be possible?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 11:48 PM

I know someone who would love one of these. Very neat. What are you making the ashes out of?

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 11:51 PM

I guess I should have also shown this angle.
Is this what you mean?
This was probably the most difficult part and the most time consuming.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 05:36 PM

d_allen, since you are unhappy with the magnets, might I suggest you simply apply a very, very, very thin veneer over them to conceal them?

VERY cool project btw. I’d be interested in a very closeup shot of the ash if you have time. TIA.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 06:02 PM

Rance…It’s not that I don’t like how the magnets look, it is that they are difficult to correctly drill holes for because of my crappy drill press.
Also, they measure .124”. That is a problem because due to the compression of the wood when you drill with a 1/8” but, the hole is about .002” too small and I need some clearance for the glue. I’ll need to pick up a #30 bit one of these days. As for the closeup of the ash, it would not do it justice. It is a trial and error thing. Practice like I did on some scrap wood or inexpensive pen blanks. The one above is some soft maple that I cut off of and used as end blocks.

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 05:50 PM

These are great.
They do sell magnets in a ring format in all sorts of sized and shapes. You could then paint them to match your gray and black lines (heck Orange for fire…) and you would have a much larger surface area to work with, a ring would fit over the pen tip, you would not have to drill anything, and I would think a much easier method for fastening.
Check out Magnet Rings and there are a host of options.

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 05:54 PM

You could always thread the inside of the ash(possibly using an insert)

Think Roller ball with a short cap.

-- - Terry

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#8 posted 09-29-2012 02:08 PM

Sandman, I did look for ring magnets and arc magnets. I was not able to find any the correct size. The thickness between the ID and OD has to be less than 1/8”.

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