|Drill into the block on the face plate.|
|Chisel the hole square to fit the turning stock.|
After the hole is drilled, use a small chisel to cut the corners of the hole square, and remove the waste. You will want to get a tight fit on the turning stock, which in this case is made 3/8 in. square and 9 in. long.
|Use a 7/32 in. bit to drill the end hole.|
|The end hole nests in the tail center.|
Use a ball bearing tail center that has a center point sized to fit inside the hole drilled in the last step. The other end is placed in the square hole in the face plate. When the pen is sanded and finished, we glue a short piece of 3/16 in. dowel inside the hole with hot melt glue and then push the standard sized nib in place.
Nibs are no longer available in stationery stores like they once were, as no one seems to write with a pen, let alone one that requires real ink. I buy my nibs from old stock available on eBay. The kids love trying their hand at real writing, and you may, too. It is actually much easier to make a pen than to learn penmanship.
|My students now plan to practice their cursive.|
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