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  1. 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!
  2. C

    Finishing Carbon Fiber Pen?

    I've just turned a carbon fiber pen blank and I cant polish it to a high gloss finish as I usually do for the life of me. I had some dificulties turning it so i needed to sand it down alot, so i started 150 grit and worked up through 800. I then finished it using a full set of Micro Mesh and...
  3. Ardy

    Hello from Canada

    Hello - I have been turning pens, stoppers, key chains and a few other small items for a little over a year. I've sold most at local craft fairs or a couple gift shops which pleases me :). I am always looking for sources for new blanks. I prefer (because my buyers seem to) laminated colorful...
  4. G

    Finishing with Poly

    I have several pendants which I'm in the process of finishing by dipping them in polyeurethane. I was wondering if anyone knew how many coats should be applied in order to properly protect the pendant? (Currently on coat 3). Also is poly enough for something that will be handled a lot...
  5. rkimery

    How long will it last?

    I have been on the forum for over a year now. This is also my first post, so be kind. :smile: Maybe this is posted somewhere, but I haven't found it on here yet. If this is the case, please point me in the right direction..Thanks. My question is this: How long will it last in the bottle or...
  6. B

    Crack'n a perfect blank

    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...
  7. T

    Other Finishing Methods

    Besides CA glue, what kind of finishing does everyone else use? Follow us on facebook ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________
  8. Lenny

    Monty/Mannie CA glue service

    I have been buying my CA glue locally in small bottles and decided it was time to purchase it in a more economical size. Having heard about Mannie (member Monty) I decided to place an order with him. I've always had great luck ordering from members here! Placed my order LATE Friday night...
  9. Seer

    Then & Now

    Well after a year and using a friction finish for the first 3 months and then learning CA/BLO then straight CA I am convinced that for me straight CA is the only way to go. I have been taking apart all my old slims and sanding off the wax and redoing them in CA and the difference is just...
  10. B

    plastic polish

    three questions on finishing.... 1. What is everyone's favorite plastic polish? and 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?
  11. micah1_8

    Shoe Polish Finish

    Ok, I know I've seen it somewhere, but for the life of me, I just can't find it anymore. Can someone show me an example of a shoe-polish finish? I'm wanting to say what I saw was a bowl someone turned then dyed with black shoe-polish.
  12. B

    Finishing allumite swirl/burl blanks

    I would like to find out what techniques folks are using to finish the swirl blanks ankrom et al sell. Here's my method: 1. After turning, sand with 320 abranet. 2. Stop lathe and sand lengthwise until all circular scratches are gone and you have lengthwise scratches 3. repeat 1-2...
  13. B

    sanding stains

    ok...I screwed up and used black sandpaper on my ww swirl blank. I prefer it because the 400 and 600 grit paper seems to work better than the stock rolls you get from pen kit suppliers. Well, after trying to skew down the blank a little bit trying to scrape off the stain, it is still there...
  14. B

    what I've learned

    Reality...I'm a fairly new turner, focusing on burls, celtic knots and wothless wood crack blanks. Turned a few with my standard rykon midi lathe setup that turned out pretty good, then noticed a host of problems form out of round (OOR) and dullness on the ca finish and painful hours of...
  15. Fester

    Finish dulled in 5 minutes.

    I am very new to pen turning, I have only turned one pen so far, I've got about $100.00 worth of products coming mail order tomorrow.:biggrin: Here's my problem: I turned a Tycoon pen, used purple heart, which after I had the blanks cut and tubes glued in I was told purple heart doesn't...
  16. B

    scratches in acrylic blanks

    I'm having a hell of a time getting small scratches out of acrylic blanks. After shaping and a final sand with 600 grit sand paper, I move to micro mesh. After going through all the pads with water (about 30 seconds on the most course then about 20 seconds on subsequent finer grits) I have...
  17. A

    CA finish and bushings

    Newbie here, but I've done about 10 CA finishes so far. I haven't yet tried the BLO step, but I will. Instead, I've used a spray accelerator. My question, when removing the bushings from the completed blank (with the CA finish applied) it is necessary to "break" the bushings off of the...
  18. D

    Removing Sanding Dust - Leopardwood

    Greetings. I am new to the site (and turning) and appreciate the quality of advice and attitude I have seen here. I am having trouble removing sanding dust from Leopardwood. I have read related posts on this site and others, and have yet to try everything, but want to get additional advice...
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