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.
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Well designed, mainly.Posted August 24, 2014
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...Posted December 22, 2011
After reading some of the reviews...Posted December 31, 2010