I have turned quite a few wood pens in the last year, and recently I tried the new multi-bit screwdriver, specifically this kit:
Mine ended up very close to the one pictured in the link. The kit is marked as 'made in Taiwan', and I thought the quality was very good. The finished screwdriver was noticeably heavier than the other plastic-handled 4-bit screwdrivers I have, and that makes for a very pleasant-to-handle driver.
I found the SS Lathe Screw Center, Tailstock Live Center, and Tailstock Chuck Arbor to be well-suited to this project.
Chuck in Lancaster, CA
I found (in a trash-bin) a poplar carcass/jig of some sort at work. I got it home and realized it MIGHT make that router jig that's been rolling around in my mind. That is -- something to "flute" my next wooden screwdriver.
The jig DID fit on the Mark V way-tubes after a little work. It DID slide nice. It DID nicely accept a PC690 router after I assembled the router backward in the base. And the universal Shopsmith Vise and Sanding Disc DID make a nice easy indexing system.
So here's the photos -- after a day of rest I will sand and finish this guy.
P.S. I altered the screwdriver assembly sequence to glue in the metal shank before the turning work was all done. This made it firmer when it was only supported on one end for the fluting operation. (I wouldn't want to do much longer of a workpiece without getting support on the other end.)
Have a nice week!
- Router Jig on Way Tubes.jpg (43.9 KiB) Viewed 7870 times
- Reuse of old Miter Hold Down.jpg (44.03 KiB) Viewed 7367 times
- Cheap Indexor.jpg (52.05 KiB) Viewed 7593 times
- Final Tenon and Parting work.jpg (48.21 KiB) Viewed 7359 times
- Ready for Finishing.jpg (41.94 KiB) Viewed 7366 times
I like your ideal but I have seen a few accidents with routers. I don't want to sound like your mom but be careful. 30,000 rpm isnt something to mess around with. You can easily build or buy a nice router holder. Here is a link for buying http://www.k2cnc.com/shop/products.asp?cat=31 Either way have some safe fun with the new jig. Something to also think about is live tooling lathe functions. Brings a whole new level of Turning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ7NYL0HnsQ
You never stop learning from this bunch not matter what the subject.
Worked on a Noahs Ark for my granddaughers Christmas to day was nice to set the two MKV's up and make some sawdust, Will let you see it when it is done and see what you all think
Broken Arrow OK
MKV, 510, MKVll, 50th Anniversary 520 with Jointech saw train, Bandsaw, scroll saw, joiner, 6" Sander,Stand Alone Pin Router and Router Table, Strip Sander, Jigsaw & (4) ER's plus Jigsaw for ER. DC SS RAS
You know -- there are a couple of Sears router-crafter jigs on the used market not far from here. I may well get one some day. Looks fascinating....
As for the jig I made myself, thanks for the cautions. I did go very very carefully and that router is mounted in an extremely stout way, surrounded with a wood cage. I also used quite light cuts to flute my screwdriver, such that the router really didn't even change speed. All this being said-- it's a very specialized jig that I'll only use for 1 or 2 types of tasks. In fact it is so specialized that it works smoothly on my model 500 way-tubes but tends to bind on my 510 way-tubes. This is because I fine-filled the 'coves' on the bottom of the jig to exactly match the way-tube contours. (I filled the coves with J-B Quik while the way-tubes were protected with 1 ply of wax-paper.)
By the way, also looking forward to getting the OPR I have on order!
I Like the way you used the sanding disk as an indexing jig. I have often wondered why SS didnt offer a pre-drilled disk for just this purpose. The disk could have a few concentric circles of holes with say one circle having holes spaced every 10 degrees and another circle with holes at 15 degree intervals. The indexing pin would be mounted to the tubes and could slide somehow to allow acess to all the holes. I have even thought about buying a disk and having a local machine shop drill out the holes and then rigging some kind of index pin myself. Up to this point, though, this project has been one of those "maybe later" ones. Seeing the way you used the sanding disk reminded me of it. Seems like it would be a pretty easy accessory for SS to manufacture and I would certainly be tempted to purchase one from them if they did offer such a jig.
BTW...the screwdrivers came out great! Thanks for posting the pix.
Mark 5 of various vintages, Mini with reversing motor, bs, dc3300, jointer, increaser, decreaser
- Gold Member
- Posts: 400
- Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:12 pm
- Location: Just east of Kansas City, Missouri
YES TO FUN,,,,get a few pen/pencil kits and you will never throw away a piece of wood that is larger than 3/4 x3/4 x 3 ever again!!!! They are VERY easy to make,,,,very NICE gift, and you can go from start to finish in just a short time.bobgroh wrote:The big kicker in this thread was in finding Penn State Industries - boy, what a neat bunch of fun ideas and kits - pretty inexpensive too!! Bookmarked them for a future visit.
Thanks for the idea(s)!
Bob Groh, Kansas City, MO.
Just an old logger trying to keep his feet covered in wood chips