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Madman1978

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Finally after a bit of waiting and working things out!
 

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magpens

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Nice going !!!

Your first is really special.

It takes a while to get the knack of doing a CA finish. . It's a skill that just seems to build up as you practice it and then, all of a sudden, it works !
It's a bit like learning to walk ... LOL !!
 

mnerland

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Nice job! I think CA finish is a personal technique. There are a 1000 ways of doing it. Thin for me only. 6 coats, sand with 1000 grit, 6 more coats and then MicroMesh. You'll find what works for you. Good luck!
 

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For me, an average of 7 layers I would say (I don't actually keep track).

And I use only THIN CA ..... just the way the finishing process developed for me. . Tried MEDIUM ...didn't like it ... for reasons now forgotten.
 

Madman1978

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I have 2 kits left but they are a pen and letter opener set
Which blank should I use?
 

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@Madman1978

One of your displayed blanks is Wenge ....

I find Wenge somewhat difficult .... the grain is quite coarse and rather pronounced .... I find it hard to finish nicely. . With lots of CA it can be OK.

I would use the other blank for your next pen ... is it possibly Zebra wood ? . For future reference, Bocote is probably my favorite wood for pens.
 

Madman1978

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@Madman1978

One of your displayed blanks is Wenge ....

I find Wenge somewhat difficult .... the grain is quite coarse and rather pronounced .... I find it hard to finish nicely. . With lots of CA it can be OK.

I would use the other blank for your next pen ... is it possibly Zebra wood ? . For future reference, Bocote is probably my favorite wood for pens.
Yes, the second blank is Zebrawood. My daughter likes that blank.
 
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