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Old 11-08-2017, 09:47 AM   #31 (permalink)
 
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I find that I can get very close with sandpaper and wood but synthetics are a different story. I just squared two blanks for my sister-in-law's pen- the third try. I have the dial calipers out and will check the spec's on the bushing chart on this site.
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I'm not sure why you need to compare anything to the bushing chart on the site. Measure your bushings and measure your kit. That will tell you if they are a good match and what you need to do to get a good fit.
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In the Army, it was known as CYA. Cover all bases?
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Bringing this to the top. I went to the local Woodcraft store for Turning for Troops. One of the employees, Mike, showed me how to use the transfer punches to disassemble a Slim Line pen. So easy a nine year old could do it but I don't know any nine year old kids. Going to give it a try tomorrow or Monday. I need to design something to hold a pen blank while tapping to push out the parts. Any ideas? Again, thanks to all for their replies, advice, sympathy, etc.
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I need to design something to hold a pen blank while tapping to push out the parts. Any ideas?
Rubbermaid dish-washing glove. It gives you just the right amount of grip, not so much that you are tempted to whack the transfer punch with all your might, but enough to keep the pen barrel from slipping out of your fist.

In my experience, many fast light taps with a mallet works better than a single hard blow.
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In my experience, many fast light taps with a mallet works better than a single hard blow.
You know the old saying- Don't force it, use a bigger hammer.
Thanks for the tip. PSI makes a vise grip with coated jaws much like a welder's clamp. Got a couple of ideas for something a bit more permanent.
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When you are taking a pen apart with punches, I have learned from experience (sorrowful experience I might add) to always do it over a spread out towel or something soft. It can save a dent or scratch in a nib, barrel, or other part if it comes apart more zealously than anticipated.

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interesting thread, I too was having the same problem
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I also use the dishwashing gloves for grip and transfer punches. I series of light taps does the trick. You don't need to buy or make anything fancy... unless you like doing that.
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