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Old 09-22-2014, 07:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I too vote for delrin bushings. I actually bought a rod and made my own. I think I paid about the same for a three foot piece as the factory ones cost. I know mine are not as smooth, and may not last as long, but I used only about 5 inches to make a set, so I have like 6 more sets in the rod. :)
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I do mine between centers. I shot a lil video of how I do my CA finish:

CA Finish Demo - YouTube
"Give a lazy man something difficult to do and he will find the easiest way to get it done." - Me
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've finished on a mandrel with applying a little bit of paste wax to the bushings. That helped quite a bit.

Delrin finishing cone-shaped bushings are nice if you're using a mandel, but it's another thing to buy.

If you have a 60 degree dead center, you can put that in your headstock and just go for it without any bushings--just be careful you don't crank things down on the tailstock so much you ruin the pen. I've found out that this works best for me, and just enough pressure with the tailstock to keep things from slipping.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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try separating the bushings from the blank before you polish the ca.
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Old 09-23-2014, 10:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Another possibility. Might be when you cut around the bushing to remove the bushing, there could be a small amount of CA glue on the blank. If it it is not removed before you press the blank, it will cause that's bubble effect. I use a razor blade to trim the excess CA from the end of each of the blanks before pressing. It makes a big difference.
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