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Old 04-11-2018, 11:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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And don't miss the punch with the hammer! It will make you say wordy dirds! DAMHIKT!!!
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tap, tap, tap, tap, tap until loose

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WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! until, POP, ting, ting, ting $&##*+! Where did it go?
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tap, tap, tap, tap, tap until loose



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WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! until, POP, ting, ting, ting $&##*+! Where did it go?


I still do it over a small bucket.


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And don't miss the punch with the hammer! It will make you say wordy dirds! DAMHIKT!!!
Use the side of the head of the hammer, less chance to miss and less force.
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Oh, good tips. I wouldn't have thought of the bucket. My poor husband was crawling around on hands and knees last night trying to find a refill spring in the carpet (he did!). I'd like to take that first pen apart and move the clip to a different spot.

Today was a MUCH better day. I successfully drilled three more acrylic blanks (even figured out how to drill one on my lathe ) and got my second pen turned and assembled with no major drama.


Thank you ALL for your input and for talking me down off the ledge.

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Here’s another little tip - slide a piece of plastic soda straw over the clip before assembling it. That will help protect the finish on your blanks from getting scratched during assembly.

I don’t see any clip scratches on these pens - it’s just a good way to prevent them, particularly if you try to reposition the clip a little as you are pressing the cap in.
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I find I get a better grip taking a pen apart using one of those rubber dipped grippy gloves to hold the pen while driving the internals out with the hammer in the other.


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Another approach is to purchase a bag of kid's long balloons. Put one over the end of the pen (the part you will knock off will stay in the balloon) and use the rubber part to get a better grip on the pen.

Has "worked for me"!!
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