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Old 09-20-2017, 07:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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http://http://www.kurthertzog.com/ar...hes_LR0106.pdf
Can't get the link to open. You should be able to get it off his website. Basic info is given to get you started
Got it from his website.
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I see the article you are refering to where he talks about applying the CA to pens with the lathe off. I was looking at an article from about a year ago where he was talking about applying ca with the lathe on but it wasn't specific to pens.
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It is interesting that crafters, etc., change their method if they feel that another way is better. Personally, I now use the "lathe off" method described in his article. I just finished a pen with several coats of BLO with the same method. Now, I'm trying to figure out what wood and finish to put on the customer's second pen. It is the Lever Action pen in antique brass. First pen was a Bolt Action pen with unknown wood from the WC "per pound" bin.
If you guys are nice to me, I'll post them for your critique.
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When it comes to finishing of any sort, everyone has to experiment and find what works for them. As I mentioned in one of your other threads, I apply the glue with a gloved finger at 500rpms and it works for me. I've started to add a little wax to my bushings and found that it helps keep them from sticking. Tried those little hdpe plastic finishing bushings but they end up having to be maintained where as this is much easier when you're doing 7+ pens at once. A lot of people like to put a lot of glue on, I've always found that a thin film is best because it's less prone to cracking. Essentially, we all have our opinions and experiences.
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It is interesting that crafters, etc., change their method if they feel that another way is better. Personally, I now use the "lathe off" method described in his article. I just finished a pen with several coats of BLO with the same method. Now, I'm trying to figure out what wood and finish to put on the customer's second pen. It is the Lever Action pen in antique brass. First pen was a Bolt Action pen with unknown wood from the WC "per pound" bin.
If you guys are nice to me, I'll post them for your critique.
I use Tru-Oil on my Walnut gun-themed pens. This is a finish that is designed for gun stocks, so I think it adds some realism. I use two or three coats of the filler, then two or three coats of the Tru-Oil finish. Dry overnight, then buff on the Carnauba wheel. Once done, it looks and feels like a real rifle stock. You can also laser engrave over it and it looks nice.

If you're looking for a better CA finish, I'd recommend trying Mercury Flex Thin. 5 coats with the lathe spinning, Mercury accelerator between each coat (this CA is designed to be used with accelerator). Sand and finish as you like.

(My personal method is the sand laterally with 000 steel wool, run through the three Dr. Kirk's polishing waxes, and buff w/Tripoli and White Diamond.)

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I have used Tru-Oil from my gun stock days. Great stuff. I am having to redo the blank for the Lever Action as I got heavy-handed and went down to the brass. I'm now using a blank from blue pine as I have a lot of it. Waiting for the CA to set up good.
Still going with the "lathe off" method and making sure that the CA is a thin coat. Seems to work for me as it turned out much better than the other way. Then on to the MM. Don't have a buffing setup as it is out of the budget at this time. Spent a lot of $$$ last weekend at the Georgia Association of Woodturners symposium.
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Try this link
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