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Old 04-13-2019, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The most pens I have ever tried to make at the same time was five. I am attempting a few more this time and really trying hard not to mess up the grain patterns, tube lengths, or end squaring (all steps I have messed up in the past when I try to work on more than one pen at a time)!

I am thinking that I will apply a BLO/CA finish on this batch of pens. How long do you folks who use this finish allow the BLO to dry? Over night or do you just add some and then CA over it? I have seen some videos where people add the CA on the paper towel they were using with the BLO and move straight through the process. I canít tell if that is the magic of video editing or real time time lapse. img_2737.jpg
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If that is the only marking you are placing on your blanks then you are going to get your sets mixed up. Each set needs a unique mark.

I only use CA for a finish now but in the past I did a CA/BLO. It was one right after the other, repeating until I had my desired number of coats. You should only use very, very little BLO, one drop was all I used, and wipe off excess.

Once all coats were applied I would wait 24 hours before doing anything else to the finish.
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Hey I will do L1-S1, L2-S2, and so on for each one, even if they are very different blanks. If I am doing different kits I will go CS1 (cigar short 1) SL1 (slimline one).
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Good advice. I will number the blanks. They are all the same kit this time, but adding the kit to the blanks is probably a good idea too
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If you have a board and some finish nails, you can keep upper and lower blanks organized. I have 5 "racks" (A to F) with various numbers of sets. I label the blanks with the "rack" and set (e.g., A1U & A1L; A2U & A2L. . . etc). I have corresponding drinking cups that I put the components into, along with the cutoffs.

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If you have a board and some finish nails, you can keep upper and lower blanks organized. I have 5 "racks" (A to F) with various numbers of sets. I label the blanks with the "rack" and set (e.g., A1U & A1L; A2U & A2L. . . etc). I have corresponding drinking cups that I put the components into, along with the cutoffs.





Brilliant! I appreciate the tip!
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If you have a board and some finish nails, you can keep upper and lower blanks organized. I have 5 "racks" (A to F) with various numbers of sets. I label the blanks with the "rack" and set (e.g., A1U & A1L; A2U & A2L. . . etc). I have corresponding drinking cups that I put the components into, along with the cutoffs.


Brian, I like your organized approach to batch production. Could you take a pic of your related drinking cups [labeled] and show how you store them efficiently? Thanks for the idea.
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I put a few drops of BLO and an equal number of drops of medium CA on a paper towel together, then applying it to the blank. Usually 3 drops of each. Works for me. Been doing it that way for about 7 years. I usually put the BLO on first then add an equal amount of medium CA on top of it. Rub it back and forth vigorously. You will see the finish go dull, then watch the shine come back up....watch for the reflection of the lights on the blank. When you get a thin sharp line in the reflection, add another coat. I usually do about six coats. My carry pen has this finish and I've been carrying it for almost 7 years and it still looks good.

It will build up enough to make a stone inlay perfectly smooth, or even to build up a blank that is a little bit overturned. I've even used it to put those holographic stickers on a pen. It will completely cover the edge so you cannot feel the edge of the sticker.
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