A huge Thank you to Laney Shaughnessy for the plans. Laney made this pen press a while back. He did a two part video explaining the whole process. Video 1, Video 2 Here are the links.
With Laney’s plans and his video instructions this projects was very simple.
Cutting to lenth
Cut to width
Label all the parts
The plans called for three 1/4″ rods. I’m using a pipe cutter to cut the rods to size. The rod is inserted into the drill and I hold the pipe cutter while the drill does the work.
I’m using the router to make the 1/4″ grove for the slide tail piece. Laney uses the drill press and makes several holes in a row. Both are good ways to do it.
I use the drill press with a 5/8″ forstner bit to make the slight recess for the head of the flange bolt. Should do this before the previous step it will make it a little easier.
Cutting the “H” piece
Cutting handle support
Mounting the handle support
Shaping the handle
The only change I made to Laney’s plans was this piece here. I made mine larger, it seem to help make the plunger go in smoother and with little movement.
I had to put my stamp on it!
A closer look at the pluger.