Wednesday, February 13, 2019

3d printed parts for pen turning

I printed jaws for my low profile vise  and a dust collector hood that will fit on my lathe with magnets The vise heads are single side but the v groove matches as it was the only groove file I could find but it will do the job Cant wait to fit up the dust collector head with my  vaccuum (actually I have a real dust collector unit I've never used for 15 years )  will be nice to have the shavings cleared as I work


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Looking for a particular drill press vise for Pen turning

At the Pen turning class they had a particular drill press vise that was perfect. I currently have the lee valley version of the holder for the pen blanks and it works but not a fan.  Its a self centering pen vise and its really tall
I pin it down with a c lamp on the drill press  
but at the class we used a heavier lower profile vise which I found easier to use 
an Irwin Record 414 drill press vice - amazon.ca had but out of stock for now - I like this as easy large  screw and it nice an heavy to hold on the drill press 
but I have something from  Princess auto that is a lower profile I got  for making resin  rings  
so I think I will  print the jaws that have a v-groove in and attach to this low profile for now 
found these on thingiverse - and I can modify 
have the v-groove to hold the pen blanks


love having the 3d printer 







Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lee Valley Pen Turning Classes

I have not turned a pen I think in about 10 years - took a class back when  with Lee Valley  in their morningside branch.   On Feb 5th  taking two classes at their Vaugh location as  a tune up to start turning pens again as now I have the 3d printer and resin casting to work into it. 

Class one in the morning was making the european pen - remembering all the things we need to do - the blank I used was very light and pock marked and I really did not do a great job on it
but to tell the truth would rather make as many mistakes as 
possible so that I can ask questions on how to fix or get better at turning.

In the afternoon we did a baron fountain pen and got a dark wood this time and loved it.  A bit more intricate to assemble but a nice pen.

I have all the tools (I needed a drill bit for my Sierra blanks and some finishing  sealer/wax and some glue ) cant wait for the weather to warm up from all this nasty cold and ice