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    pen press

    Just wanted to ask what do you use for pressing pens, i have looked at the axminster one and don't really want to fork out 60, i have seen a few ideas on youtube but thought id ask to see what you guys recommend,
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    I use an arbor press that I all ready had I normally use it with bushing dies for neck sizing cartridge cases it works a treat and sits nicely on a bench top its also highly portable you can use it on any flat surface. A bit more than 60 to buy though.

     
     
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    Depends how many pens you make I guess

    I've got a milescraft press, works a treat, easy peasy
    I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was

     
     
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    I use Charnwood morse taper pen assembly kit in the lathe, works very well Jim.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Bench vice and go easy if you already have one you are quids in. When you start making a lot of pens you can think about upgrading.

     
     
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    I have used loads.....from a simple G cramp in a vice.....an arbour press ( but it's a little limited, won't do steampunk pen)......I now use the Axminster press, real easy
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    I use mainly a Bearing Press mounted at eye height adjacent to the lathe. From my swivel chair I finish the pen where I sit.
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    I don't do many pens so I use my drill press. Easy and free.
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    I use my woodworking vice but gently! I have used a hardwood adapter on the lathe ( really a homemade version of the Charnwood device) but somehow I never felt it was doing the quill any good so I stopped. I have also used a simple lever clamp ( Screwfix) with the soft rubber ends covered with a hardwood sleeve to stop the pointed bits sticking in the soft rubber. For the most part the vice works very well but as I say go slowly and gently or you could undo all your good work.

     
     
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    +1 for a woodworking vice, I already had one mounted on the bench when I started making pens, thought that it would do me to get started & I could upgrade to a proper pen press at some point in the future. Still not reached that point because I am still using the vice lol
    If I were doing a lot of pens then I might look at getting one as it is probably quicker but I am probably never going to be making enough pens to make spending a lot of money on extra equipment really worth while.

     
     

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