Penn State Industries Pen blank Drilling Vice archive
Friday 10 February 2012
This pen blank drilling centre vice from Penn State Industries is robustly made and is ideal for pen makers, says Walter Hall
I do almost all of my pen blank drilling on the lathe with the blank held in a chuck in the headstock and the drill bit in a tailstock chuck. Before I started using this method,
I used a power drill in a stand with the blank held in a machine vice, so when this dedicated pen blank drilling vice arrived for review, my first reaction was to wonder whether this might be a solution to a problem that did not exist.
In useHaving used the pen blank vice I was pleased to find that it does resolve a couple of problems that used to irritate me when drilling using a drill press or a drill in a stand, namely getting the blank square to the drill bit in both planes, and centring the drill on the blank each time.
The pen blank drilling vice resolves the first issue by having two 'V' grooves machined into the face of its jaws to hold the blank truly vertical, and the second by having a twin thread mechanism that moves both jaws simultaneously, so that once the drill chuck and vice are aligned on centre, they will remain on centre whatever size blank is inserted into the jaws.