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#1 corgicoupe

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 22:30

What does one find when removing the felt on the bottom of the holder? Can things be cleaned up?

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 00:19

Usually the base. The felt is there to protect a surface the base is placed on, for example the polished surface of a desk. If the original felt is still in good condition then there is no necessity to remove it.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 01:16

Is there any way to disassemble it forcleaning? I think mine has ink leaked into it.

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 01:37

The holder pocket that you put the pen into is held into the ceramic base with a clip, vs. a screw on other holders.  So it is not too likely that the ink would have leaked through the holder pocket, unless it is cracked.  If you don't see ink on the felt, ink probably has NOT leaked though.  Though it may be hard to tell with the black felt.

 

The felt is glued on.  If you need to remove it, just peel the felt off, to get to the inside.  If the felt gets damaged, replace it with another that you make from felt from the fabric store.


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 03:24

On many of them, peeling back the felt reveals the nut that hold the pen holder to the base. You can back this off, remove the pen holder from the unit and more easily clean them up.

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 20:08

In case anyone is wondering what they will find...

 

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The spring clip is a bit tricky to remove. It's spring steel, so don't bend the ears too much.



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 06:13

Nice job corgi. 👍

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 14:20

Thanks. I would have preferred seeing a nut instead of a spring clip. I wonder if there is a way to modify the holding mechanism?

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 14:46

Thanks for showing us the results! Can't see where a different hold down system would work with that base.


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Posted 03 November 2016 - 16:33

The outside of the cup is not threaded, so the clip seems to be the only way to hold it in.

 

The clip makes for easy and fast manufacturing.


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Posted 04 November 2016 - 01:12

I guess its like making sausage. We never know what's inside our stuff until we take them apart to save them. Then find that someone took a short cut while making it.
The spring fastener lasted this long. what plans do you have for the rest of it. Are you going to polish or paint it?
Be careful to put a very even layer of glue between the felt and the base. I replaced the felt on a base once using a glue gun. The glue held The felt just fine, I thought I'd be able to put it on a flat surface and flatten the soft glue out. It stiffened quicker than I anticipated to where you could feel the raised lines of glue under the felt.
Not a big thing. Just bugged me..lol..
Be sure to show us the finished product..

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:34

use celluloid glue


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Posted 04 November 2016 - 19:07

I just used self-stick felt, and kept the spring clip, assuming I won't take it apart again.

 

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And now it looks like this:

 

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 21:39

Nice. Should last another 50 years. 👍

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 22:12

Yep. I've already had it for 50 years. It came with the desk I was assigned in the x-ray lab in grad school.

Edited by corgicoupe, 05 November 2016 - 12:30.


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Posted 05 November 2016 - 06:57

Great job! Looks great. Mine has ink-stained felt. But, as the ink that is staining the felt got there when I spilled ink on my desk rather than anything to do with the desk pen or holder and since I seem to continually spill small amounts of ink on my desk from time to time, there would be no worthwhile reason for me to replace mine. Yes, it is a lazy man's reason/excuse and it is mine, but there is just a tiny hint of logic in it, isn't there? 

 

Again, you did a great job!

 

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Posted 05 November 2016 - 12:37

Mine was stained and ratty looking. But another motivation was that the plastic tube and the Esterbrook-engraved bezel were loose. If I hadn't considered an alternate, I could have simply pressed the spring clip down more firmly. That would be my suggestion to others with this problem.

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 14:32

The rim of the black cup in one of my Estie bases has cracked and broken off so that most of it is gone.  Does anyone have a salvaged cup in good condition?  I'd like to make this base more useful.

 

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 23:51

ac12 may be able to help.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 00:25

ac12 may be able to help.

Unfortunately, ac12 "cannot receive any new messages" on FPN.  I guess his inbox is full.  

 

Maybe he will see this post and contact me.

 

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