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Old 10-26-2017, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Removing CA from live and dead center?

I have been turning directly between centers when doing my CA finishes in order to avoid adhering my blank to the bushings. However, now after a few pens the CA is building up on the centers. Is there a good safe recommendation to remove it that wouldn't harm my centers? Or do you guys just leave it?

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Soak the tips in Acitone for a hour or so.
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heat will also soften it but the fumes are 100 times worse than acetone fumes.
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I also soak the tips in acetone. I have a very small jar I fill just enough so the tips will be in the acetone. Let it soak for a little while then wipe off. Repeat as needed.
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I have a steel bushing a little smaller than the pen tubes that I put between the two centres. Then I turn/cut the glue off with a box cutter. Takes a few moments and you are back to regular turning.
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I've found a touch of wax to the bushings prevents them from becoming permanently adhered to beautiful pieces of wood that you can't replace. ;) Now before I turn I just use a tiny bit of carnuba based car wax on my finger and give the bushing a light coat. I mean TINY bit. Of particular importance is obviously the area that butts up against the wood.
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I hit them with acetone, then carefully scrape it off with a razor knife. Remove any remaining sludge with steel wool.
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Mount a short 7mm tube between the centers and turning by hand scrape off with a sharp skew. If pressed for time and brave, turn the lathe on.
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I put a thin film of wax on the centers before doing the CA finish. When it builds up a small jackknife cleans it off pretty easily.
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Mount a short 7mm tube between the centers and turning by hand scrape off with a sharp skew. If pressed for time and brave, turn the lathe on.
Yup, I turn(lathe Running slowly) CA off the dead and live centers. I use an old kitchen paring knife and “ride the bevel” as with a Skew. Do not introduce the knife point to the turning parts.
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