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Old 07-06-2018, 09:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Short answer, a LOT longer than you!

I let the CA cure for a day before polishing but applying and sanding/buffing takes at least 2 hours, probably closer to 3, but I prefer not to use accelerator. It’s a 3 day process for me: With acrylic, I drill & backpaint the blanks one day, epoxy the tubes the next, turn, sand, and buff the next. For wood I drill/epoxy the first day, turn and apply CA the next, sand and buff on the third.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Default This has been a lot of fun, and...

...very informative.

Everyone really added to the conversation. As I hope I indicated, the time I recorded was just for a single blank, non-embellished, pen. Of course, pens that I have made in the past which had, for example, Celtic Knots, take longer, and I did not take into consideration the time spent waiting for processes to 'rest' before going on to the next step. I let my CA finish sit at least one day before proceeding.

I hope Dieseldoc posts a picture of his most recent pen which is segmented and magnificent in every regard. It was 20 hours in the process, and worth every minute of it.

I really liked the range of discussion; the "30 years and 25 minutes" comment was profound. The comment "as long as it takes to get it right" is spot on. When I was doing the pen in the picture, part of the burl popped off and I had to improvise a CA/graphite fix (I wish I had used dust from the sanding, but it came out OK, since the clip was going to hide the "fix").

As for those of you who do production runs, my heart goes out to you. I did one run of 10 and it took the fun out for me. Plus, doing that really caused me problems; I discovered that that long an exposure to the CA I was using at the time just about put me out of commission. I have since changed to odorless CA, and it hasn't been a problem.

I was very sensitive to Sharon's comments and applaud her efforts to involve those with vision issues; my wife is also challenged in this way; but she still manages to do over 100 quilts and receiving blankets a year for various charitable organizations.

I really liked Virgil's poetry. It really spoke to me and made me smile. Time picking the wood is certainly part of the equation as well. "listening" and "reading" the wood can make all the difference in the outcome.

Thank you all for chiming in. My answer in the future is going to be "whatever it takes to get it right."
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