I made a lot of pens for holiday gifts. Most of them had CA finishes:
4 coats of thin.
4 coats of medium.
Light sanding with strips 150, 240, 320, 400, 650.
Micro-mesh all 9 pads, wet.
Hut Ultra Gloss Plastic Polish.
I admit, not all the sanding steps are necessary, but they...
I just started turning pens less than a week ago, but it has gone surprisingly well for a rank beginner.
I'm using CA for finish, and even that has gone great and has been much easier and less messy than I pictured.
But I do have one problem that I can't seem to find an answer for...
I have been using thin CA to finish pens for some time without a problem. However recently I found 4 pens where the CA finish is cracking. I have reviewed many posts and see many methods of application but am still confused. I have been using 10 coats of thin CA with activator. As a test I now...
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I finally achieved a CA finish I am happy with. I documented...
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...
I have to get a few pens engraved. I plan to finish thme with CA.
I have never had this done before.
Do i engraved after or before finishing?
I was wondering if the laser would ruin the finish.
Thanks for your help.
I'm having trouble getting the CA to adhere on a pen i'm turning. What's happening is that after application the CA is detaching from the edge of the blank post turning and finishing, causing semi transparent white clouding in parts right at the edges of the finished section/ cap. I used...
The way I've been doing it is to add 2 layers of thin CA, then run through my micromesh pads lightly once. Then I add a medium CA coat, run through the pads again, then another coat, pads, and so on, until I'm happy with the finish.
Question: Do I need to be sanding with the micromesh in...
I swiched to a medium ca finish instead of a thin and the finish is coming out better than ever, however, on occasion when I am taking the bushings off the barrels, it wrinkles the edges of the finish and creates a cloudy effect. Before I use the micromesh on the ca finish, I take a razor and...
I'm very new to pen turning, having recently completed my fourth pen. An ongoing issue that I am having is with my ca finishing. I use the lathe on its lowest rpm (500) to apply the ca. I drip about 3 or 4 drops while my paper towel is under the blank. Then I wait 1 or 2 minutes for it to dry. I...
I think I am hooked. These Longwood pens are my first attempt at segmented pens. What an engaging activity. I hope that I will be able to go back to non-segmented pens after this.
Which one is your favourite? I can't decide.
These are both Tulipwood Blanks with Purpleheart feature...
Hello all! I am a relative newbie, having made only about 20 pens, the last half dozen or so have had a CA finish. Take a look at a picture of one I just completed. I am starting to see these ridges on the finished pen. I don't think this is a sanding issue, but I'm not sure. My only guess...
I just started to use CA to finish my pens... when i look close at the finish I see some slight chase cracks below in the finish... I do about 8 to 10 layers. I use accelerator about 10 inches away I put the CA on with a paper towel.
I also need suggestions on which companies...
My firewood rescue pile is bigger than my burnable firewood pile.
It is driving my wife nuts. So should I continue this practice I ask myself?
I am thinking ...... why not.
This one was from a huge chunk of Curly Maple. It has that classic chatoyance that I love.
Ok, can anyone explain why sometimes CA works well on one wood and the next pen (using same wood) results with the ends lifting up off the wood?
I use CA thin (applied with a paper towel) and accelerator between each application. I sand down with micro mesh and after removing the blank from...
So my wife had a girls night, which allowed me to head to the shop and turn out a new pen. It is a chrome bowtie style with cedar blanks used. 6 layers of CA used to finish with a Wax buff after. Thanks for looking! Comments welcome :)
After a month of turning I finally decided to pull out the tycoon I ordered, this is the result. I was surprised that the walnut looks to have a burl figure in it. Please be critical, I turned my first pen on the 7th of this month, so i know there is a lot more I need to learn.:smile:
So you go through all of the work to get your blank perfect. TBC, Sand, Micro Mesh, multiple coats CA, sand, and polish. Now the critical step comes to get the fricken bushings off the beautifully finished blank and although you take great care, your CA finish cracks and the CA on the bushings...
three questions on finishing....
1. What is everyone's favorite plastic polish?
2. When do you use it?
(after 12000 MM as a last step, or after 6000 MM then buff etc....)
3. What do you apply it with/buff it with?