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Old 02-10-2013, 07:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default You guys are great, I love this site!!

I'm sorry I can't show any pictures because they were very slight and my camera wouldn't have really shown them. I also just gave the pen to a friend, They didn't notice them... They loved the pen.
I have tried the CA on a few more pens and it didn't crack... but one time it did get stuck to my glove and top of my index finger! it also gave me a small burn, NOW I'm very careful and I also open the window over the Lathe... the fumes have to be very bad even with a face mask. But it is a lot of fun! I'm hoping to at least pay for this part of my woodworking hobby by selling some pens. I just need to see where best to sell them and at what price.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #12 (permalink)
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As to the drilling, I recommend getting a dedicated drilling chuck -- PSI has one -- and drill on the lathe. I use a starting, centering bit with the drill chuck first and then drill out the blank. Since I started this regimen I have not had any off-center holes. YMMV.

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Old 07-16-2014, 08:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use milescraft pen press- i have yet to see anything better

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Old 07-22-2014, 01:15 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I had cracking problems when i used accelerant when I don't use it, the process is much slower, but more predictable.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:28 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Default CA Glue finish & Moisture

I have CA peeling, and occasional cracking of wood.

I think the cracking is due to too much pressure during assembly using kits, and i intend to sand the fittings a bit before connecting them in my new batch.

Peeling and cloudiness. I engrave my pens before assembly. After engraving i set the engraving with a spray fixative, but wonder if the engraving is still letter in moisture.

Does anyone seal the end of the wood/brass tubes before assembly, maybe this is a source of my moisture.

Finally a friend says that because it is far too hot here that my air conditioner is putting moisture into my room when i finish? Anyone have any comments on the above.


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Old 07-29-2014, 07:36 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I also need suggestions on which companies that you guys use for self centering Drill jig and pen press to purchase. Who has the best prices on these items.
Eric; Can't help with the cracking issue, but I do not use a pen press. I use my workbench vise with a set of wood jaws. I have a Paul Hoffman centering vise and it is top of the line.
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Not this thread again. :(
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:41 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I have just started to experiment with a CA finish; it makes a nice look and is faster and less messy than I thought that it would be. I have not had any cracks yet.

I use the Milescraft Pen Press and WoodRiver pen vise for a drill press. Have been experimenting a little with drilling on the lathe. I understand that is the better method and will probably move that way.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I just had 13 pens develop cracks. :( I've made who knows how many with no trouble. I cannot pinpoint anything that changed.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by edstreet View Post
Not this thread again. :(

Get over it already! Everyone is not as SMART as you, I guess? That is why they ask questions! Also, since you must have traveled that road, perhaps you can add something valuable
and something that is useful instead of discontent? Just "perhaps"? And to now address the question... The problem "could" a bit of CA left on the inside of the tube from the glue up process, which narrows the ID and when pressing in the components, it causes the crack? You may try a light scuff w/sandpaper in the tube before pressing the parts together? Or, wipe down the inside of the tube w/debonder to evacuate and CA. Be well...Jan
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