Slow Speed Blank Drying System

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RVA_Tyndall

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Has anyone ever used the slow speed pen drying system that PSI offers?

I have purchased a couple of extra mandrels from China so that I can take my blanks off the lathe while the CA finish is drying and I can continue my work on new pieces. I am wondering if the rotating engine at slow speed would be an actual benefit or if I am just better off letting the CA dry if I place the mandrels in a bored out hole in some plywood?


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moke

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It is my understanding that system is made for blanks either dipped, sprayed or brushed on poly or similar alternative coating. The constant turning prevents a drip from forming. A CA finish would not need this. I very much agree that a CA finish needs to be left to harden, but a simple set up where the blank does not touch or rest on anything would suffice.

I turn almost all acrylic, but I do wood for segmenting, and put wipe on poly on those blanks. I have a PSI single mandrel version of that drying system and a home made version using a "spit" motor. They both work well. I now prefer poly finishes, but they take much more time....days for me. Most guys use a light/heat set up to hasten the drying, which looks promising. I never have used that method, not for any other reason than I give my wife a hard time for burning candles and she mentioned that this was not safe either...which I do not agree with, but want her to not burn the candles and don't which to start a thing!
 

moke

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I have some pens I made 10 to 15 years ago with CA. About 40% of them have microcracks in them....plus Lord only knows about the ones I sold and gave away...now I am not saying that I was any ace back then or even now for that matter, but I have serious doubts as to the longevity of CA finishes. I know it all has to do with the wood and application methods. Plus I hate the smell. Now I sure many people will disagree with me, so this is my opinion only.

Poly is much harder than CA. Also, I buff everything.....it enhances everything!
 
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Dalecamino

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CA dries in a matter of seconds. If you spray with accelerator it sets immediately. Use your drier for poly or wipe on. But it's not needed for CA.
 
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