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Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise

Item #143609
$54.99
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Out of stock, order now for current pricing. Expected Delivery on September 9,2015

 
3.5

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One of the most difficult parts of pen-making is the centering of the bit on the pen blank, and keeping it firmly in place while the hole is drilled. This vise simplifies the procedure, because the vise faces ride on a knob-controlled set of two heavy threaded bolts and two smaller rods. The knob adjustment makes original setup and changes very easy. Simply clamp the pen blank, set up under the drill bit and clamp the base. The center you now have will work for every subsequent pen blank, no matter what its size, up to 1-1/2" square. The aluminum vise parts are on a heavy plastic base, which is drilled through on first use. This vise helps reduce waste from off-center pen blank drilling.


  • Reduces waste from off-center pen blank drilling
  • Heavy base for stability
  • Eliminates the most difficult alignment issues with pen blank drilling
  • Vise faces ride on knob-controlled threaded rods and bolts
  • Fully adjustable for perfect centers
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    3.3

    (based on 14 reviews)

    69%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    1.0

    Stopped Working

    By  ww nov

    from NY State

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    Worked OK for a while, but eventually gears locked up and could not get the jaws to open any more. Also experienced the flexing problem mentioned by another reviewer which causes uncentered holes.

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    4.0

    Does the job

    By  Joe

    from Melbourne, Florida

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    Bought this item when I started making pens. Works well and seems well built.

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    2.0

    Overpriced, Not Very Versatile

    By  B Wo

    from Chicago, IL

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    I have owned this vice for a month, and have used it to make a few pens. So, that said, it does work in some capacity. Last week, I clamped a blank in the vise, and when I went to loosen it, the whole knob unthreaded on me. Rather than turning the internal gear mechanism, it simply spun right off the threaded length of bar it's mounted on. A little encouragement with some vice grips fixed that, but it was a pain, and wasn't very encouraging. I thought it was a poor design. In all fairness, my shop set up leaves a little to be desired. Sometimes, I need to improvise. I think this is made a little too cheaply for that kind of finagling. Bottom line: I have a feeling I should have spent the extra $40 and gone w/ the higher end version.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By  Vad

    from Estonia

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    AAA+++

     
    1.0

    Once the main gear is lose, you are done

    By  cmckerliesr

    from Aberdeen,NC

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    I have been using this vise for about 3 years. When I first received it, I was more then pleased with it and it's performance. Then last week, it jammed on me. I could not turn the handle to close the jaws, so I backed it off a little and kept trying. But the vise would not close and eventually locked up. I disassembled the vise and found that the two gears were jammed against one another. After further investigation and finally getting the main gear off. I found that the shaft which the gear was on, was completely round. I expected to find a flat spot for the set screw to push against. I could tell that over time, the set screw was dragging over the surface of the shaft and finally had let go. I reassembled the vise and tightened the set screw. This only lasted a few turns before the gear moved again, jamming the two gears together. So, I will either disassemble the vise one more time and alter the shaft by using a grinder to create a flat area for the set screw to land on, or I will simply just go buy a different one.

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    5.0

    Very good, just what i needed

    By  Gary

    from Gastonia North Carolina

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    I use it to drill out pin blanks does a good job

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    5.0

    This is a great device for penturners

    By  Woodstitcher

    from Hewitt TX

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    • Worth the price

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    • Centering pen blanks

    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    This is a great vise, not just centering pen blanks, but also for small ornament blanks.

     
    4.0

    Good, Practical Tool

    By  Go Rebels

    from Jackson, MS

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    • Ideal for center drilling

    Cons

    • Not as sturdy as I wanted

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    Unit is ideal for center drilling pen blanks, however I wish it were made with a little more sturdy material. All in all a good buy.

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    4.0

    Good value for the $

    By  Lima One

    from Radcliff, KY

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    • Good Weight

    Cons

    • Slight flex

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    This is a good deal for the price. Nice weight makes it sturdy on the table. Clamping it to the table is recommended. Easy center set up by locking the press quill down and lightly clamping the vise on the bit, then clamping it to the table. The only "con" I notice so far is a slight flex to the alignment shafts when applying drilling pressure which could cause the bore to "elipse". I slide a couple pieces of cardstock between the jaws and the base to help support it. Other than that it is great for keeping blanks stable and maintaining a good center.

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    3.0

    OK with modification

    By  Rick the Bodhran Player

    from Sacramento

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    Comments about Pen Makers' Center Drilling Vise :

    The problem with this vise is that it flexes from the pressure of the drill. A centered entry hole will give you an off-center exit hole. The fix is to place a small wood block below your pen blank, so all the pressure is transferred to the base of the vice: I use the waste pieces I saw off the blanks. I also set the depth gauge so the bit drills about a quarter-inch into the block.

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