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Old 03-12-2018, 03:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Peter, thanks for posting in this thread and also for the picture of your pen.

That pen is exquisite !! . But you didn't even tell us how you finished it !!

Please ..... !!
Its a number of years ago but light papered to 800 grit, two coats of CA. The fact the blank included Sapwood appealed to me. This blank came from South Australia where this Mallee excells in colour.

Just one coat of CA takes a devil of removing so I know two coats is plenty,no finishing after this.

I will go the distance next week using many coats of CA and wet finishing for the first time
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Peter, thanks for posting in this thread and also for the picture of your pen.

That pen is exquisite !! . But you didn't even tell us how you finished it !!

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Its a number of years ago but light papered to 800 grit, two coats of CA. The fact the blank included Sapwood appealed to me. This blank came from South Australia where this Mallee excells in colour.

Just one coat of CA takes a devil of removing so I know two coats is plenty,no finishing after this.

I will go the distance next week using many coats of CA and wet finishing for the first time
I find the more layers, the more it 'pops'
I've never wet sanded CA on wood, I worry about moisture soaking in on the end grain and getting underneath the finish at the ends. Might be ok, just never done it.

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My sentiments but I have a memory of the most exquisite finish ever by a guy in Tasmania using routinely the method of wet finishing on Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle,mind bending. So I will break my habit so far,bit like I once did (took the exhaust of my motor bike and screamed around the block) I feel the need even just once.

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My sentiments but I have a memory of the most exquisite finish ever by a guy in Tasmania using routinely the method of wet finishing on Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle,mind bending. So I will break my habit so far,bit like I once did (took the exhaust of my motor bike and screamed around the block) I feel the need even just once.

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If you have the blank mounted between 60 degree conical centres that are waxed, the CA will wrap around the ends and seal the end grain. When you are done stand the end of the blank on a sheet of 320 paper and gently sand the end to the tube.

I prefer building the CA to 10 coats give or take, sanding to 400 and then buffing with the Beall wheels. Sand with the lathe on and then off lengthwise for each grit starting with 280/320 and ending with 400 and then 0000 steel wool. Good old Bounty Select a size paper towels here. :)
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Hey gang I'm looking for suggestions on finishing brown mallee burl. The first pen I made looked great but after 2 weeks the CA is separating off in huge bubbles. I'm sure it's due to the oil in the wood but what other options are there for a good shinny durabnle finish?
You could try the melamine method described on the Beaufort ink website. It works really well, not as shiny as CA but still a very nice gloss finish.

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Thanks for your comments, Peter, Derek and Pete. . Always appreciate hearing from you guys.

I don't wet sand CA either, but I do use a little spit sometimes !
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Spit!!! Well I won't be touching your pens Mal. ;)
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Just to add to my earlier comments I apply all my CA using just one only of those very small plastic bags that the smaller pieces of the pen kit come in. Just about fits my finger. I always clean first with denatured alcohol, then at about 500 rpm I apply a layer of ultra thin CA which soaks well into the wood, followed by about six layers of medium CA. Using the bag method non of the CA is lost and it deposits a really thick, smooth layer. As always there is a learning curve but you soon get the hang of it after a few attempts.
I have tried this method using the little ziplocks on my finger ....
the problem I had is that the CA flows off the baggie (onto my lathe) before I get a chance to apply it to the blank. With those tiny bags, I can't seem to get a "dimple" where the CA can stay put until I transfer it to the blank.

Please tell me how you make it work ? I can see that it would be superior to the paper towel method.
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