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Old 11-07-2017, 06:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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As long as you didn't glue the parts together.......you can take the pen apart. Even slim-lines.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:45 PM   #22 (permalink)
 
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I don't know whether I'm going to do that as I have more time invested than I care to count. I just drilled ANOTHER acrylic blank- one piece came out OK, t h e other had a hole so big you could throw a through it.
I'm going to see if my pens sell that I gave to a friend. If not, then I will be having a big sale on slightly used stuff.
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Slim Line pens are impossible to disassemble I am told.
Whoever told you that was talking nonsense.

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/7...sassembly-tool
Also, HF has a punch set that I use to disassemble just about any pen.

https://www.harborfreight.com/28-pie...-set-3577.html

I've been disassembling pens for 12+ years, including slim lines with HF punches only. Not a problem.
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Look at Brian Nikitas. He makes TBC bushings for most of the common pen kits. I have the 7mm (slimline) bushings and they work great.
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Measure the components and turn to that size, use the bushings as a get close guide. Does anyone make turn between center bushings for a slimline?
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I have dial calipers. Slim Line pens are impossible to disassemble I am told. I have already done three sets of blanks for one pen! If this keeps up, I'm going to take up needlepoint.
The first pens I ever disassembled were slimlines.
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Slim Line pens are impossible to disassemble I am told.
Whoever told you that was talking nonsense.

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/7...sassembly-tool


Ditto on the nonsense. I have disassembled quite a few slim line pens between mine and several folks I helped get started.


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A little spendy but you should not have to get another tool for assembly or disassembly.

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If you already have the standard PSI pen press, you can modify it for pen disassembly.
https://youtu.be/MlRC8W2ekR8

The store site says out of stock, but if anyone is interested, message me and I will print more parts.
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What I was thinking of was the disclaimer that the kit didn't work with pencils. I have a set of punches and have used them already. I'll be in Chattanooga this weekend for Turning for the Troops. I'll see if WC has it in stock. I just hate to start all over with all the time I have spent so far on just four pens. C'est la vie! Thanks to all for your replies.
FWIW, I received a PM from a member offering to give me some help with the skew and synthetics.
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I've managed to get most of my mistakes apart without damaging them using the HF punch set, along with a pair of disassembly pliers and the HF arbor press. The key for me is to use the ram on the press like a hammer, giving the punch short taps rather than steady pressure.

Re your original question, sandpaper is my friend. I turn as close as I'm comfortable with, then go to the sandpaper. Lots more work... but it works while I get more experience in turning close to the bushings.
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