Elaine asked if I could post this at some point. People laugh when I pull it out at a pen show, but this thing WORKS, and I use it all the time.
I have to give the left coast repair guys credit for the basic idea. But I just couldn't get into the idea of having to stuff a piece of PVC pipe with paper towels etc every time I want to use it, so took their basic idea and modified it.
Starting with a with a basic salad spinner (note: the outer basket is a closed bowl)...
I used the spout of a long, narrow plastic funnel from an auto parts store or Wal Mart to hold the pen. Using an Xacto saw, part of the spout was cut away so that I could grab the end of the pen. Note the notch to fit over the pivot point in the middle. Note too, that the holder sits on top of a ridge in the basket. More on that later.
I drew a bead of hot glue on a ridge, and set the funnel spout on the hot glue. The put a blob of glue on either side, and finally tye-wrapped it in place for extra security. This is a view from the under side.
One other important item - the end ouf the spout is lined up with a solid, wide piece in the basket (just happens to be at the end of the rib). This stops smaller pens and things like 75 or 51 sections from flying out through the holder, and the nib through the holes in the basket. The nib will press against the plastic tab, but that's OK.
Here's a picture of a Sheaffer Flat top in the centrifuge. OH, one other thing. The holder goes in the basket not on the top of the centrifuge!
At the end of the day, just rinse the thing off and let it dry. Have fun!
Edited by Ron Z, 30 October 2018 - 22:04.