Friday, August 26, 2011

Making a pen using a CYOC blank (Part 2)

This is part two of the series "Making a pen using a CYOC blank". 

Drilling on the lathe makes it far easier to get high precision holes than with a drill press.

Now to drill the holes for the brass tubes. I prefer drilling on the lathe because of how easy it is to get precision. Fiddling with the drill press to get a perfectly aligned table, then mounting and holding the blank, all take too much time. But with the lathe, it's "mount and go".

Because the walls can get pretty thin with the El Grande kit, going slow and pulling the bit out frequently to clear the waste from the bit and allowing everything to cool are very important.

The end result is well drilled holes, with some scratches and such from the drill bit. I'll clean those up in the next installment.

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