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Old 08-18-2011, 08:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Holy cow, Andy, you must turn a LOT of pens. I'm happy to make 5-8 a week! And lucky if I make 2 that are worth selling!
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Holy cow, Andy, you must turn a LOT of pens. I'm happy to make 5-8 a week! And lucky if I make 2 that are worth selling!

You do what you gotta do! I make a lot of the same "stuff". PenWife1 pours the blanks, orders what I need, keeps me focused and and "on production". So far, today, I started at 10:00 am and so far, I got 15 of "nothing special", but looking at past performances, proven "winners".

When you have to do this to pay the bills, you make what sells, no matter if you like it or not! IT TAKES ALL OF THE FUN OUT OF IT! Be careful about wishing you could make pens "all the time".

I getting ready for a new lathe.....you DON'T want to buy my old one
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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BTW, the wife is upstairs making me "lunch". I goota get back behind the lathe before she catches me "goofing off".
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I use Rubbing compound all the time on Acrylic. never had an issue. Works awesome on most woods too. Like Cocobolo, Kingwood, Lignum.
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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Is any of this better than One Step? It's all I've ever used.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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Holy cow, Andy, you must turn a LOT of pens. I'm happy to make 5-8 a week! And lucky if I make 2 that are worth selling!

You do what you gotta do! I make a lot of the same "stuff". PenWife1 pours the blanks, orders what I need, keeps me focused and and "on production". So far, today, I started at 10:00 am and so far, I got 15 of "nothing special", but looking at past performances, proven "winners".

When you have to do this to pay the bills, you make what sells, no matter if you like it or not! IT TAKES ALL OF THE FUN OUT OF IT! Be careful about wishing you could make pens "all the time".

I getting ready for a new lathe.....you DON'T want to buy my old one

Yeah, I hear ya. I don't want this to turn into a "job". If it'll buy me new toys, er, uh, tools for my shop, I'll be happy.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:42 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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Penman1, I applaud you if you can turn pens, sell them and make a living. I enjoy turning pens and selling them, as long as it does not become a job. I had a web site once and couldn't keep up with the demand, it became a job and not fun. Now, no web site, it's fun again. But as a professional pilot, I don't need the money, anything I make off of pens goes to Wounded Warrior Project.
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Holy cow, Andy, you must turn a LOT of pens. I'm happy to make 5-8 a week! And lucky if I make 2 that are worth selling!

You do what you gotta do! I make a lot of the same "stuff". PenWife1 pours the blanks, orders what I need, keeps me focused and and "on production". So far, today, I started at 10:00 am and so far, I got 15 of "nothing special", but looking at past performances, proven "winners".

When you have to do this to pay the bills, you make what sells, no matter if you like it or not! IT TAKES ALL OF THE FUN OUT OF IT! Be careful about wishing you could make pens "all the time".

I getting ready for a new lathe.....you DON'T want to buy my old one
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I don't think it if the question about wishing you could make pens all the time, rather than the fact you sell that many at a time. Plus I know you long enough that you actually make a profit at each pen too. Which I am proud to do too, just at a microscopic scale compared to your volume.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:34 AM   #19 (permalink)
 
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Your clear coat polish will work, it was designed to polish a high tech version of plastic. Try it, the worst thing that can happen is, it will not shine as much as you will like. When I first started turning pens I used DuPont white polishing compound, it worked great, but I find Novus ll, for me, works better.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:51 AM   #20 (permalink)
 
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Marine polishes by McGuires and Dupont work just fine. The problem for me (and I was the General Sales Manager of a yacht and boat super store) is that even at wholesale pricing, all of those products are still over $16 a pint.

If you want finish materials from the boating center, the plastic windshield restorer (McGuires) is about $6 for 8 ounces and works better.

Additionally, I found that the "headlight rejuvenation system" that apparently didn't sell very well on TV ads was available at my CVS pharmacy at clearance for $5. AND, it comes with the "magic" towel that works well for cleaning fingerprints at shows.
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