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  1. Woodchipper

    Pens and experimenting

    I built a chrome wrench pen a while back and turned the other pen yesterday. The Breast Cancer pen has some flaws that I didn't notice until I started to hit it with the MM. The tool dragged on the tool rest and chattered a bit. Got some ridges from the chatter. Need to clean up the tool rest...
  2. Woodchipper

    Air brushing pen blanks

    I just bought an air brush set. I can use it for some WWing projects on the to-do list. Has anyone had experience with air brushing pen blanks? Finish used or paint? Advice? Many thanks. FWIW, Youtube has a lot of videos for this but I would like something more specific on pen blanks.
  3. Woodchipper

    Working with leather

    My wife bought some leather scraps at Hobby Lobby yesterday. She thought the tan and black colors would make a good contrast for a blank. I have looked at some of the threads in the library and want to ask some additional questions. In addition to a contact cement or white glue, has anyone use...
  4. Woodchipper

    Lacquer finish?

    I just finished scanning a WWing website and the mention of lacquer finish caught my eye. I would like to add to my finish methods of CA and BLO. Best way to apply? I have seen it in spray cans at Lowe's. Any particular brand that you recommend? Any "tricks" to having a good finish? Thanks in...
  5. Woodchipper

    BLO finish

    I have done a couple of pens with BLO and it gives a nice satin finish. I was turning a blank earlier and came up with a question. Is it better to apply BLO at room temperature or can it be heated a bit for better application? Best way to heat? Thanks in advance.
  6. V

    CA finish over dried BLO or Tung Oil?

    I am pretty new to pen turning. I have been experimenting with some different finishing technique using BLO and CA finish. I have been wanting to move away from it because I am having trouble getting a consistent finish and occasional cloudiness. However I really like the way the oil makes...
  7. J

    Oil finish

    I am turning my first doe grunt call and the documentation on the kit says to use an oil finish of my choosing on it. Just thought I would get some opinions on what might be the best oil finish for this type of project.
  8. E

    Segmented Turning Question

    Hello Everyone. I want to start by saying I have learned a lot by reading through your posts and tips. I have been an IAP member for only a short time, but have been turning pens since 2004. I only wish I had discovered this site years ago as I could have avoided some bad habits. I recently...
  9. phsv

    Finishing with Dr. Woodshop Q's

    I read in entirely the process that Mike recommended using this product. But I have a few questions between two of their products. Would you recommend buying both the Walnut Oil/Carnauba Wax /Shellac Woodturning Finish and Pens Plus or would it be overkill? Would one replace the other? I am...
  10. P

    CA finishing problem ???

    Hi, I have just recently started to make pens, and facing this CA finishing problem. After watching hundreds of clips on YouTube about CA finish, since they all make it appear to be an easy process, I decided to give it a try. The problem I am having is as soon as I apply the CA...
  11. rkimery

    Another Pricing Question

    Thought first. then a question. I am a self-taught pen turner. Woodworking for over 40 years now and started something new about 3-1/2 years ago - penturning. I love it. Perhaps I am not as fast as some of the more experience turners on here. I use a CA finish on all wood pens I make...
  12. C

    What can you tell me about Euro Varnish

    Is euro varnish a good finish for turned wood items...specifically pens and turned coffee travel mugs w/ steel inserts? Any info/ insight appreciated!
  13. C

    Clear oil paint? Why not?

    Hi guys! This is my first post here, and I'm a little new at wood turning in general... but here goes: A week or so ago, I decided to turn a bunch of blanks to compare various finishing products and techniques, and to learn how to use them. So far, I've tried polyurethane, boiled linseed...
  14. M

    finishing wood wine stoppers

    I normally use CA for all my wood pens and can get a good and consistent finish. I was recently asked if I would start making wood wine stoppers for a local museum with the wood from a tree that had to be taken down. It was a Lindy tree (bass wood). I have tried to use CA and I can get a good...
  15. Z

    Removing excess CA from bushings

    When removing finished blanks from the bushings, I often get raised CA on the edge of the wood. I find sanding can either scratch the part of the finish I want to keep and attempting to shave off with an xacto knife can pull the CA away from the wood. What's the best way to solve/avoid this...
  16. mpex

    CA taking 15mins to dry. Help!

    I'm having trouble with my CA finishing process. It is taking 15 minutes for each coat to dry. I am trying to do it without accelerator because I've been having trouble with cracking. I'm a complete beginner so I'll bet I'm missing something. At about 15 minutes, it is no longer wet but still a...
  17. M

    Ancient Bog Oak

    Ok, I need emergency advice! I have an order for a fountain pen using Ancient Bog Oak. I tried finishing it with CA (this is the standard finish I use on all wood pens) and I had a terrible time with it. The CA is not adhering well on the ends and it is lifting off the wood. I am using CA...
  18. K


    OK, so I am still fairly new to the CA finish to pens, and I am looking for pointers. I have tried it on about 5 or so pens so far, and only one of them makes me slightly satisfied. I am currently using a medium thick CA with a BLO/CA application placing around 5-8 layers. The problem that I am...
  19. Dulos

    Foggy CA/BLO Finish

    I am continually running into this problem with my CA/BLO finish. I get little patches of foggy spots in my finish. I have tried every variable I can to eliminate the problem but it still persists. There are times when I think I got it right but a few minutes later the foggy patches emerge...
  20. Oldmanwheeler

    The Best Pen Finish I've used yet

    I've tried every type of pen finish out there and still never found one that I was completely sold on, at least not until now. I was reading some old forum's on finishing when I stumbled across a link to Doctor's Woodshop. I went to the website and as I read Mike's story I discovered he had a...
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