First Pen Turning

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Project by wrtnaz posted 12-12-2010 07:07 AM 1383 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two pens are my very first trys. They are both slimlines, the lighter is birdseye maple and the darker is desert ironwood. Both finished with 5 coats of CA glue and then pollished with the satin and then semi gloss HUT PPP bars. Since these two, I have done a pen/pencil set and a key chain (pics coming soon). I do have a questions with the HUT PPP bars. After applying the coats of CA glue and sanding inbetween each coat I apply the satin and then the semi gloss pollish, buffing inbetween each. When I am done, I sometimes see a little bit of polish or something kindof smokey white on the pens. I try buffing more and cant seem to get rid of it. I sand again and start over and it happens again. I am not sure if I am pollshing too much and going to deep leaving some dull marks that look sorta white cloudy, or if its excess pollish built up on the wood that I cant seam to buff out. Does anyone have suggestions or has this happened to anyone else? Any help would be appreciated.

-- wrtnaz

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 02:46 PM

Nice job and now your hooked. I’m not an expert here and I too am still trying to refine my finish techniques but I would try not polishing between coats. I really don’t see a benifit to that. Starting out I like the BLO and CA finish. It eliminates most sanding between coats and I don’t get the smokey color as often. Maybe someone will help us both out.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 02:53 PM

They sure do look nice to me. You did a great job, especially considering that they were your first ones.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 03:40 PM

When I finish pens I do a ca finish allways. I start out by spraying the blank with accelerator. It will dry out and moisture in the blank, oil or water. Never do I buff between coats, and always start out with thin ca. Then I follow with 3-5 coats of med. I then sand through 12k micro mesh and usually have a good finish. I can go into more detail, pm if you need more help. Good looking pens by the way. Russell

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 06:55 PM

They are great looking first pens. I am going to get my lathe running after the holidays and hope start the learning process.

Look forward to seeing the other projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 06:47 PM

Wrtnaz, Great way to start a new fetish!!!! These are two of the Videos series I found to be very helpful on what direction I am going to go with my finishes. The first just really blew me away at how easy it can be to get a super finish with two products and some clean paer towels. I havent yet finished watching all of Russ’s but the message is very much the same.


Russ Fairfield’s series 1-5 on Youtube

I look forward to see what other great pen you turn out! LOL

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