Start every tiny turning project off the right way with our precision layout tool
The craft of creating pens and mechanical pencils with bodies made from wood and other lathe-turned materials might easily be explained as microsurgery for woodworkers.
The workpieces you start out with are small but precious. Wood pen blanks are typically made from figured stock or exotic species, and composite blanks can be just as pricey and distinctive. You don't want to ruin a single blank, but it's surprisingly easy to do.
A minuscule misalignment when mounting or drilling the blank or momentary slip with the skew chisel can create a tiny but expensive piece of scrap.
The Pen Blank Center Finder will work on round or rectangular blanks up to 32mm (1-1/4”) in thickness or diameter.
Machined on Woodpeckers own CNC equipment to exacting tolerances, this little tool will make a big difference in your pen and pencil production. The rigid, right-angled registration surfaces enable you to grip the jig and workpiece firmly together with one hand, freeing your opposite hand for marking.
The diagonal marking edge is perfectly machined and provides a beefy surface to guide a sharp pencil lead or pointed scribe. While the marking edge is sharp, we've rounded over or chamfered other “contact” edges to enhance comfort. An anodised finish provides superior durability, visibility and appearance.
Note: This is not part of the One-Time Tool Program