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  1. Q

    Finishing on something other than a lathe?

    Here's the lowdown: my garage where I turn and finish pens with a mini lathe isn't temperature and humidity controlled. It seems like every time I knuckle down to make a pen, it decides to rain in central Ohio and the humidity has affected my CA finishes at times. What I'd hope to do is turn...
  2. C

    Problem with Banksia pod hybrid blank

    Hi I have just had a go at turning a stabilised banksia pod cast in resin (opticast 2000 - polyurethane resin). While the colour combination is awful i decided to put a CA boiled linseed oil finish on it. While the finish was fine after the micromesh, i notice a day later that the pod appeared...
  3. jrista

    Alternatives to CA finish...something durable?

    I've only been turning pens for a little while. I started last year and turned for about a month, but due to health and lathe issues I didn't really get going again until late May this year. When I first started I used CA glue on most of the pens I made (all slimline). In all honesty, I was...
  4. E

    Holiday Pens

    Just finished a set of pens for gifting during the holidays (or maybe sale)... It’s weird how your favorite pen in a set can change from blank to turning to finishing and finally assembly.
  5. ramaroodle

    Reversible lathe. Worth the effort?

    Since it was only $9 with same day delivery and I love tinkering I ordered a DPDT switch so as to make my lathe reversible. That being said, has anyone noticed a real advantage of being able to reverse direction for sanding? Seems like you'd have to look through a microscope to see the fibers...
  6. M

    Wet sanding wood?

    Probably a very dumb question, but they say the only thing dumber than a dumb question is the dumb guy who doesn't ask it. I keep seeing mentions of wet sanding. I'm a newbie with only 8-10 pens under my belt, but I'm trying to learn as many techniques as possible. My first five pens were...
  7. P

    My Slow Speed Drying Rack

    Out of everything I have learned and heard from the MPGS to the Hartville meetings and on the forum people have a slow speed drying rack for finishing Mark James was a excellent piece cheap and affordable. This hit me last night or the day before. As a child i played with KNEX that my...
  8. M

    CA Finish Cracking

    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...
  9. Aaturner

    Fast or slow. Heavy or light

    I am new to turning pens , and want to try and get the best possible finish on acrylics. Do you sand through 12000 micro mesh at a high or low speed? Heavy pressure or light preasure? Any feedback would be a great help. Thanks guys and gals
  10. S

    Finishing Mammoth tooth pen

    Ok I need some advice on the do's and don't of finishing mammoth tooth pens. What's the procedure and what is the finishing technique for it?
  11. T

    Sand between CA coats, or sand once at the end?

    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...
  12. A

    Help with ca finish

    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...
  13. M

    Need advice for special project finish

    I'm pretty new to the forum and pen turning. I've made close to 50 pens and pencils so far with varying degrees of success. I use CA finishes often, Pens Plus on the rest. I've taken to using the Wood Doctors method of sanding thru all the grits of MM using walnut oil as a lubricant. This...
  14. D

    Help Applying CA over contours and V cuts

    So I have been trying to put some contours and V cut details into my turnings. On any turnings that are straight, its easy to apply CA and everything goes smooth. When there is any shape at all, I usually have to apply the CA in two or three parts and I get overlapping, if I have a small V cut...
  15. D

    Finishing for rookies

    I am getting ready to make my fist pen today and I am still unsure about the finishing process. I read a ton of posts already and I think I am going to follow the steps below. I have seen some people recommend using pastewax after the one step polish, what does that actually do? 1. sand up to...
  16. W

    White Spots showing up days after finishing

    Hey all! Like the title says, I am having issues with white spots a few days after finishing, but only on two pens so far. It hasn't shown up on any others that I can see. I am using the StickFast CA finishing kit. I was told yesterday by a friend that he doesn't use StickFast because it has...
  17. W

    A few newb questions about finishing (CA/BLO and MM)

    I've had a lot of luck with the CA/BLO finish, but I may start looking into different things to just try different methods since I'm new to all this. My first question deals with something that looks like 0000000000s down the pen after finishing. It doesn't do it on every pen, but it's been...
  18. J

    White decals vs. Clear Decals

    Has anyone used the white decal paper? I have been trying to do a logo on a black pen body but the clear decals wash out, so I tried to use the white which print nice; however, when I cut them I get a white edge where the scissors cut. Any thoughts on this?
  19. T

    How to...

    Hey all. I have a problem, and am hoping that someone here has run across it and fixed it at one point or another. I'm still a mandrel turner (can't afford to replace my stock with TBC bushings). :mad: ANYWAY...My issue is with CA finishes. I'm trying to figure out how to take the blank...
  20. S

    What is a good finisher for wood pens?

    Hooray, I did it. I finished my first pen and assembled it. Now I want to apply a good finish to it. I am confused with all the different types of finishing compounds. What is best to use?
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