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Old 07-26-2014, 01:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Rockytime View Post
Jim, are we being a little callous? Ease up, he/she's a newbie. I'm thinking you were also at one time.
Not only is she a new turner and this is her first pen, but she is a member of a group of senior Ladys that are taking up pen turning !!!! Jim S
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:20 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Marian; There is a Knowledge base called a Wiki located here. There are a wide variety of finishes available.

Click here to see the Pen making overview

The easiest is the Friction Finish or French polish This is sold by most everyone. It isn't very durable during daily use though. More durable is the CA (superglue) finish. The CA finish is trickier to apply. Use care with CA as it WILL bond your skin to anything it touches.

you may want to check the members list to see if there is a penturner close to you. Send an email or Private Message and ask if you can visit. You will be able to see the process.

As others have commented,the finish and polish / wax is largely applied before assembly with the lathe turning.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thank you for catching my error. I had a chance to review the videos on finishing. Chalk this one up and start on the next one. A little wiser now.

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Old 07-26-2014, 05:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Actually every post here that mentioned specific products is flat wrong. Here is why :)

Finishes vary based on the effects they have on the material. Not all finishes are applicable nor is any single one finish good for all the applications. You need to select the right finish to get that right look with the material you are working with and match that to the environment the pen is going into.

Finishing also needs to match the hardware (metal and plastic) on the pen as well.

As the material was not stated, or known, it is impossible to say what finish would be needed in this case. Be it anywhere from Muriatic Acid, various oils, stains, or just nothing.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Just my preference. I like Ron Brown's stuff. Another member turned me on to it. I like it better than a CA finish...but that may be because I am not as experienced with CA finishing and I don't want to invest the time "perfecting" the process. So I am satisfied with this:

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However, I would not follow my lead. I would keep asking questions, reading, and experimenting.

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Old 07-26-2014, 07:23 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Hi Marian, did you subscribe to the North Texas Chapter forum? We usually meet at Wood Word in Dallas at random intervals. Come to the next meeting and we will show you whatever you need help with. The Search function is my favorite tool, but you can PM me if you have questions I can help with.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Congratulations on your first pen! Since the pen is already assembled, I would suggest a paste wax or oil finish. You will have to renew it often, but it should go on without building up on or harming the hardware. For future pens, a friction polish (Mylands or Pens Plus are two that I have used) is the easiest to apply.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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There are a lot of options and you may eventually want to have several at your disposal

Recently I'm liking dr Woodshop pens plus for almost all of my wood pens.
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