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Project by JLJones posted 08-11-2012 03:17 PM 1203 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished 4 more pens earlier this week (#3-#6).

  • #3 was based on the PSI Slimline kit in black. It was made using bamboo and a CA finish.
  • #4 was based on the PSI Trimline kit in gold. It was made using a funline acrylic blank in maroon and gold (polished).
  • #5 was based on the PSI Designer kit in gold. It was made using cocobolo and a CA finish.
  • #6 was based on the PSI Slimline kit in satin. It was made using rosewood and a CA finish.

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 01:58 AM

They look good.


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#2 posted 08-12-2012 04:36 AM


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#3 posted 08-12-2012 12:25 PM

Nice looking pens JJ. Like others have said here, keep the first one around as a reminder of the progress.
On the bamboo pen, do you find it more challenging to sand that bulge? I tried a few of those and always seemed to sand through the finish easily at the highest point. Also, do you have issues with finishing waxy woods like cocobolo. I used to use the BLO/CA method but could never get a consistent finish.

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#4 posted 08-12-2012 04:01 PM

Thank you all. :)

I didn’t run into any problems with sanding the bulge near the nib but I was very conscious about keeping my sanding minimal and light in that area both before and after the finish was applied. During both the raw wood sanding and the finish polishing, I stayed away from the peak of the bulge until after I had completed the first 2 coarsest grits.

These finishes are all 100% straight CA. After sanding the raw wood to about 600, I just wipe it down with alcohol to get rid of the residue, let it dry for a bit, then start applying the CA directly using strips of paper towel. I have read about the BLO/CA method but have never tried it. Inconsistency seems to be a common issue with it though from what I have read.

As for the cocobolo, it finished the same as the other woods that I have tried so far.

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