Ultra Cigar Pen Chrome with Gold Accents

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Got a deal on a 3/4 HP Jet 12-20 for $150 and decided to start making some pens. I made about 10 pens without CA finish. The local woodcraft dealer talked me into buying Hut finishing product which I was not impressed with. After experimenting I was able to get a descent “CA” finish from many great projects and reviews here. Now for me I have tried a few methods and really I am still working the process. This Ultra Cigar Pen in Chrome with Gold accents is from Woodcraft Item#148459.

This is made from Rosewood with a Tung Oil stain then finished with “I think” 12 coats of thin CA using accelerator. The pen was sanded dry up to 600 grit, then wet sanded with Micro Mesh to 12,000 grit after the CA was applied. I tried many bands of paper towels. In fact my wife said she got strange looks at the grocery store when she bought 5 single different brands of paper towels. Every brand acted as an accelerator when applying the CA finish. So what I found when cutting up slices of paper towels I use 2 different pieces for each blank. I decided I like putting the CA on the paper towel then sliding the paper towel over the blank. Then repeat with a new small piece of paper towel on the other blank. Spray accelerator and repeat. What I have found is if you apply it this way you need more than 6-8 coats. I will likely go up to 20 coats. If I applied the ca directly to the blank I only have to apply about 6-8 coats. But I liked the way the thin CA went on when sliding the paper towel over the pen blank. Just my preference. I did try wax paper and parchment. I did not like either as it went on blotchy and rings were left on the blank.

Anyway after the final CA application I wet sanded with the micro and came out nice and shiny. I added 2 coats of plastic polish to add a final sheen. I am pretty happy with it, but see where I could have done better. I have 4 other pens I did with CA and they came out pretty nice as well. But I figure a few more and I will have my process nailed down.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 08:37 PM

They are great fun to make.

This one looks good.

I must make a batch soon, I give them to customers.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 10:26 PM

Thank you Jamie. Love your work there. Nice projects.

As for the pens I am made a few for family. After the holidays I am going to make some for some of my long time fellow employees. But I think it is a great idea to give to customers.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 06:51 AM

Nice work on the pen and great pictures!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 12:01 AM

Great looking cigar pen. The finish details are terrific. I had a similar experience with the HUT products, which I generally use now only for base coats of other finishes.

I’ve experimented with CA with mixed results, though with your pens on display, I’ll have to give it another shot. Your finish looks great.

Happy New Year.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 04:05 AM

Thanks so much Mark for the compliments. I would suggest giving it anoter shot with the CA though. I checked out allot of videos on you tube and from posts here for my experimenting and messed up a few right from the start.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 04:47 AM

Nice work. I made some pens for x-mas presents this year and struggled with the finish. I made the first couple using a friction polish, then switched to a CA system that Penn State Industries sells for the last five. The Friction polish didn’t get the gloss I was looking for… ...the CA got the gloss, but I ended up with some blotchy spots that I didn’t like. After sanding off the finish on three of them, I ended up with a glossy surface I could be happy with.
I like the kit and wood that you chose. I may give one of these a whirl soon… ...santa brought a few gift cards!!!

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 05:10 AM

Thanks Jaybird. Love your bowls there too. I think my ca finish is not amazing really. There are imperfections and I figure I will definately get better at applying the finish. Just like everything, practice makes perfect. Not sure where it came from but I always tell my kids; “Perfect practice makes perfect”.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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