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emtjra

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What speed do most of you turn at? Does speed vary by wood type? I have a jet midi variable speed lathe so changing speeds is not hard.

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Jim
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Daniel

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I turn at the highest speed my lathe has. Given that I don't pay much attention to just what speed that is I am going to say close to 3000 R.P.M.
I have a mini metal lathe that has a top speed of 2700 R.P.M. and I know my wood lathe is moving considerably faster than that. I even rough turn the blanks at top speed. the only thing I slow it down for is to apply C.A.
 

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I turn all my pens at the next to highest speed on my Jet Mini. Since I never use CA as a finish I don't have to slow it down for that. Scott, you gonna teach me how to do a CA finish this summer?

I also have a variable speed Carba-Tec, and normally run it full speed. Sometimes I slow it down when roughing out a pen blank.

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Bob,
I use the CA for two different steps with my pens. one as a filler using sand paper and the ca rto make a paste that fills all the little pours and will fill some pretty big ones as well. then I sand all this down smooth and even polish the wood so that the catoyance shows. then i slow the lathe down again and use wax paper to smooth the glue on the blank as it slowly turns. putting a coat of wax on the bushings and mandrel keeps them from sticking. don't hold the paper to the blanks for long it will stick just get the glue spread the smoothing and polishing comes later. once it is all dry start sanding. I can usually start with 400 grit. sometimes 320. and I work my way all the way up to 12000 micro mesh. polishes like plastic. but be careful with the sandpaper you don't want to sand through the CA.
 

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Hey Bob!

I have my doubts about my ability to teach you anything! (I didn't have an idea about how to use a skew until Bob showed me!) But I would gladly share whatever I know with you! [:)]

Take care!

Scott.
 

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Hey Scott,

You said "I have my doubts about my ability to teach you anything!"

I may be an old dog but I can still learn new tricks.<grin>

Bonnie & I are looking forward to seeing you and your lovely wife this summer,
txbob
 
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