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Old 06-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Very nice looking pens!
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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"....I am using approx 1 inch wide sand paper that comes on a roll with about 5 various grits in the dispenser box. I sand through them up to 600..."

Chances are you don't need to use allthose grits. If I remember that package comes with 80, 120, 220, 320, 400, 600? If so try to stay away from anything below 320 - I usually start with 400. Rougher grits put scratches that are really hard to get out!
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I think the box I have starts at 120, no 80.

I'll try skipping the first two grits - thank you.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:55 PM   #14 (permalink)
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One other thing to try is shooting a layer or two of thin CA across the barrel before sanding. Makes it a little harder for the sandpaper to cut grooves too deep. That and stop and wipe the dust off and look before moving to the next grit.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Try leaving the pen a little proud instead of bringing it right down to the bushings,
Cut a small piece of wood 1x1 1/2 and use it for a sanding block slow the speed on the
lathe so as not to heat up the oils in the wood,light pressure and patience,
220/400/600 than CA 600/800 and MM series wet.I found that alot of my rings were
sand scratches and once your down so far,to get them you may end up too far.
Nice work though,A few more and you too will be on the dark side.
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