I took two pieces of 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" wood 8" long. I joined them using a 1"X 1" hinge. To form a vise. I then marked two sets of vee notches in the wood. Using my bandsaw I cut out the notches.
The 1st vee notch is slightly smaller than 5/8" and the 2nd is slightly smaller than 3/4". These are the normal size for pen blanks. Using the notched to center and the vise like hinge to hold, I can drill a pen blank in no time at all and it will be straight and square. You can buy pen blanks and pen kits at woodcraft by clicking on the link to the right.
Please visit my web site for more information and tips on pen making, bowl turning and woodworking in general. http://nokeswoodworks.com