CA Finished Pens

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Project by Billy Bauer posted 03-01-2013 08:18 PM 1635 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of my pens that I have finished with the CA finish. The first pen is Alder with spalting and has a satin chrome tip and clip. The grip and bottom part is chrome. I sanded this pen to 320 grit before adding the first coat of the CA finish. The second pen Is bloodwood, the pen kit is a standard chrome and black kit. I researched how to use the CA finish online and watched a lot of YouTube videos. I talked with some of the workers at my local wood craft store and asked how to use CA finish. I didn’t realize that you need an activator between each coats. Then you wet sand after as many coats that you put on. I added 10 coats of the finish on the pen. When I added each coat I made sure to have my lathe set on the lowest speed and a fan on. I wet sanded with the highest speed possible on my lathe and made sure to keep the micro mesh sand paper moving. I started off with 1500 grit and worked my way up to 12000 grit sand paper. CA finish is the way to go and gives a perfect shine.

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 11:52 PM

Nice pens…I only have used Hut finishing bars for a final finish on my pens-Im new to turning-,but want to try a CA finish…Thx for posting…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 01:53 AM

I only use ca finishes on my wood pens. I have even used ca finish over some acrylics that were impregnated with other things.

Looks good,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 04:39 PM

Really nice pens! I agree, CA is the way to go… Its quick, durable, and the shine is nothing short of spectacular.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 10:35 PM

Be warned to follow the directions about how it dries. A friend failed to follow instructions and GLUED the nice pens to his mandrel. OOPS. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 04:28 PM

Both pens look great. Like the spalted Adler more. Great fit, kits and amazing finish.

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 07:50 PM

These are wonderful. I’m new to pen turning. Have tried the CA finish, and agree it is nice. I’m also experimenting with Briwax and also spray gloss lacquer.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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