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Forum topic by ShannonRogers posted 05-30-2008 01:58 AM 3130 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ShannonRogers

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05-30-2008 01:58 AM

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LJ’s,

I just purchased some replacement brass tubes for pens and they came in long lengths from the retailer. Since I know that I will be making a lot of this style of pen I am wondering if anyone has any ideas or built any jigs that allow for repetitive cuts safely in this small scale. The repeatability and safety are my biggest concerns since I want the finished pens to be identical and the scale is quite small and seems like an accident waiting to happen. Any thoughts, ideas, etc.

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 02:46 AM

what size tube, what length?? I assume square ends??

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#2 posted 05-30-2008 03:00 PM

HF has a small saw that does a good job on this. bolt it to a peice of plywood and make an adjustible stop system like the ones used on Miter saws. It works great. The saw is 25.00 and has a 2” blade.ITEM 42307-6VGA

This will save money in the long run as it is cheaper to but the tube stock in bulk.

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 03:20 PM

I made a jig to use on my band saw to cut the brass tubes to length. Pretty simple to use. The jig is a sled with a rail to ride in the miter gauge slot. I use a stop to get consistent lengths for the various pens that I make.

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 11:51 PM

Mario, I have seen this before. Penn State sells it for $55! They say they include jigs for 3 different size tubes. I cannot believe the price difference for the same tool!

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 07:34 AM

So I put some more thought into this and so far I have have made well over 200 pens and this tube trimming issue only just now came up. Until the need arises more often I think a simple measure would suffice best. Here is what I came up with using some scrap plywood. I clamped the fixture to the miter gauge to set the distance to the band saw blade. The stops on either side of the tube are fixed using double sided tape so that I can adjust the width for different diameters in the future.

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