Label your pen bushings
If you have ever turned a cigar pen, you know the bushing all different sizes. I found myself measuring these bushing every time I wanted to turn this particular pen kit. In stead of wasting time measuring. I labeled those bushing. Take a look at my pen kit hack.
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First take a look how I organize my pen kit supplies.
I picked up four of these containers a few years ago. They work great for this.
I have labeled every thing on the inside with the part numbers. I used a P-Touch machine to label.
The Picture on the left is the actual instructions for the cigar pen kit. I changed measurements to something simple. I did this in PhotoShop.
I love this little engraver. It work perfect for little things like this. My engraver is a little outdated, but don’t worry Dremel still makes an updated version.
I used masking tape to keep the bushing straight until I engrave the bushing. I’m using the engraver to engrave my own labeling system right on the pen bushings. I chose to keep it simple. I labeled them 1, 2, 3 and 4. Now with out looking at the instructions, I can put together the pen blank. I know Bushing 1 and 2 is for the pen cap, and 3, 4 is for the pen body. Working from left to right. 1 is the top of the cap, 2 is the bottom of the cap. 3 is the top of the body and 4 is the bottom.
This is going to be hard to see but the engraving leaves a bit of a burr. I mounted the bushings on the lathe to sand them off. They will not fit inside the brass tube if you don’t do this. I used 800 grit sand paper and just touched the bushing for a few seconds.