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Old 07-17-2011, 04:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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looks like a great idea thanks for sharing i will give this a try
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Thank you Dave for sharing your idea. This is just one of the many things that make this site so great, each of us shares what he/she has learned giving all the rest the chance to not have to 'reinvent the wheel' so to speak. Since I joined last September, I have been offered a wealth of knowledge for FREE that would have cost me many hours and most likely many dollars to have learned on my own. Yes, thank you Dave but also all the rest of you generous people willing to offer help and information.
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I just want to echo Charles and thank everyone on this great forum. Without IAP I seriously doubt that I'd be making pens today. Even though I know so much more now than a year ago, it is humbling to realize that I have barely scratched the surface when faced with the wealth of information and techniques freely available on this site. I guess that's what makes this a wonderful hobby, together with the super people here.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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I bought one of the sanding mills here on IAP, and find it very useful. A friend looked at it and said "Why not just loosen the set screw on the pen mill and turn it around and use the flat back face for a sanding mill.

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I also took a scrap of wood, drilled it and put a 7mm tube in it, and turned it down to just the diameter of the inside of the tubes for the Le Roi/Sierra pens, and use it as a sleeve on both the pen mill and the sanding mill for the larger diameter tubes.
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I bought one of the sanding mills here on IAP, and find it very useful. A friend looked at it and said "Why not just loosen the set screw on the pen mill and turn it around and use the flat back face for a sanding mill.

DUH!

I also took a scrap of wood, drilled it and put a 7mm tube in it, and turned it down to just the diameter of the inside of the tubes for the Le Roi/Sierra pens, and use it as a sleeve on both the pen mill and the sanding mill for the larger diameter tubes.

I might try this first. Thanks!
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I used a slightly different approach that works equally as well. I use exact drill stock in a pin chuck on the headstock ,slide a rubber grommet onto the drill rod which friction drives the pen blank. The sand paper is on the tail stock. I saw a unused drill press in my shop that i considered selling so i moved this system to the chuck of the drill press took a piece of Plexiglas and contact cemented 80 grit on one side and 120 grit on the other. I sold the lathe for $500.00 and kept the extra $40 drill press. For me the little drill press is always ready and does as good of job as the lathe did. I once build a squaring jig for a belt sander but it never produced square concentric ends.
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