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Rockler Pen Press/Drilling Jig

Item #: 24577
$99.99
Each In Stock
Enjoy perfectly drilled and assembled pens every time.

Overview

Drill and assemble your pens perfectly with flush fittings and a smoothly-operating mechanism! This dual-purpose jig takes care of both prep work and assembly. It holds your blank firmly in position for drilling, creating a precise, perfectly centered hole the entire length of the pen. Later, it smoothly presses your parts together without any bowing or misalignment. Notched jaws automatically center the blank for drilling, while two countersunk holes center the parts during assembly. Large clamping wheel provides slow, controlled pressure so you'll never crack a casing again.

After all the careful work of turning, the worst possible thing is to have something go wrong during assembly. The Pen Press/Drilling Jig prevents this from happening in two ways. It ensures a straight hole to accept your mechanism without binding, and it pushes everything together with steady, parallel clamping action. The result is a smooth operating pen, every time.
  • Includes 3 replaceable sacrificial wood blanks for the exit hole in drilling operations.
  • Extruded aluminum base provides space for a shop made drawer.
  • Feet are pre-drilled for mounting to an auxiliary base.
  • Cast aluminum jaws are notched for vertical drilling and countersunk for horizontal pen pressing.
  • Self-centering jaws allow for repeatable drilling of various pen blank sizes.
  • Centered countersink in the jaws allows precise pen pressing without bowing and misalignment.
  • Clamping wheel provides slow, controlled pressure when pressing your pen or clamping your pen blank.

Tech Spec

Brand Rockler
Weight (lbs) 5.6000
Type Drilling

Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Well designed, mainly.

John Posted August 24, 2014
The jig works exactly as described. It needs to be mounted on MDF to make it easier to mount to your drill table or workbench using C-clamps or whatever other means that you have at your disposal.
I have one relatively small issue with the jig - small because it might improve the performance of a jig that works well enough that I haven't bought another space occupying item to drill and assemble pens.
It seems that it could be fitted with a larger wheel to turn the jaws tight. The smaller wheel doesn't provide a lot of torque to move some of the tight fitting parts together with ease. In some ways, I can see that the smaller wheel forces the user to go slow, which is precisely what you want to do when assembling pens, but really - a little more torque would be nice.
I've never had to use two hands to turn the wheel as some users have reported. Mine has (knock on formica) not had any issues with screws backing out or bearings failing, either.
The wheel issue is so minor that I think that it earns 4.5 stars, so, by rounding up...it earns a 5.

I am a game call maker...

Jim P from Brookline Station, MO Posted December 22, 2011
I am a game call maker and bought one of these to hold my 2" square stock just to try it out. This is the best clamp I have ever used. I bought one on each drill press, one for the barrels and one for the stoppers. Now all I need is something to hold them down.

After reading some of the reviews...

Antonio G from Victorville, CA Posted December 31, 2010
After reading some of the reviews I was not sure about buying it. It went on sale and I took a chance. It is a great product. Some people did not like the slow turning wheel. I think it is great. When putting your pens together it gives you complete control. I was using my bench vice and broke som pens because it was hard to control, this is not. Also it makes drilling a snap. I am so glad I bought this as it will save me a lot of time and make things eaiser.

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- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
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