Kitless, Facets, and a Tired Old Pen Maker

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    As Mark (flexi) says, the pen wizard works well for cutting facets.


     
     
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    If by Facets you mean cutting flats then you could use an indexing head on a milling machine. The common name is spindexer or spinindexer.

    Stevenson's 5C Indexing Head with ER32 Nut - Arc Euro Trade

    It has a division plate with 36 holes plus ten stops at the top for the index pin giving you 360 degrees. If you want any other spacing then a vertically mounted rotary table with index plates would do the job.

     
     
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    I made my own device, with all things I make I designed it to enable repeatability and a stand alone unit. The operation is dangerous so I do not detail the method.

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    Fantastic looking pens Peter.

     
     
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    if you just want to cut hexagonals this is probably the easiest:

    Stevenson's ER32 Collet Blocks - Arc Euro Trade

    Very easy to use.

     
     
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    I noted carefully the best result on the Pen Wizard doing flats is to cut from the side not above the blank.

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    I bought a tail stock for my Taig Lathes these are mini not maxi in size. My best experience for indexing has been utilising a larger gear with a smaller gear spring loaded on top, no stray movement, easily fitted to the shaft. My first mistake was to rely on a tail stock pressure to hold the blank, then had great success locknutting the blank to the shaft. This applies also on the Pen Wizard where I threw their holding outside method nesting the shaft with a close fit, extending the threaded mandrel either end to allow firm locking. I have shown pics etc on my many mods for the Pen Wizard that I still am not happy with and do not use. Pics show Wizards way and my way also dust extraction etc. Note the angle aluminium to bolt the unit to a sturdy base throwing away the mini clips provided.

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