First Acrylic Pen

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After blowing out my first blank, melting a chunk of the second (overaggressive sanding) and having two different issues with glue letting go, (used medium CA, let dry overnight, started turning and within minutes I had the acrylic blank spinning free on the brass tube!) I finally got this done…

All in all, I’m happy with the results… it looks good.

Sanded all the way to 12000 grit micro-mesh, and a single coat of friction polish, and voila… A pen.

This is the third of four that I’m doing for my boss… thanks for looking!

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 07-25-2008 04:10 AM

Nice looking pen Ryno. Acrylic certainly is different to work with than wood. I like the results though. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-25-2008 05:43 AM

Nice pen Ryno.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 07-25-2008 01:14 PM

the end result of this pen does look great.
does the whole collection use the same acrylic?

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 01:30 PM

Looks great! Worth the effort, and the ‘learning curve’ too! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 03:18 PM

Hi Ryno;

Great looking results, in spite of the minor set backs.

If at first you don’t succeed… it soon becomes a habit. lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-26-2008 04:55 PM

Great pen. I’ve had similar challenges with Acrylics. All the catalogs want you to think that it’s just like wood on the lathe, but I’ve found that I have to have VERY sharp tools, sharpen then frequently during the turning, keep the lathe on a lower speed, sand without any pressure, and be more patient than with my wood pen turnings.

Excellent work!

-- Mark, Florida,

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#7 posted 08-09-2008 01:54 AM

Nice job on the acrylic pen. I like to use “gorilla glue” on the brass tubes that I have scuffed with sandpaper before applying the glue. I then let them set overnight. When turning the pen-blank, a sharp tool is a necessity , use a light touch with your lathe tool and do not turn agressive pressure. I like to sand with wet-dry sandpaper and keep wetting your sandpaper to have a slurry paste on the blank while finishing. I use 220 grit sandpaper, then 500 grit, to 1000 grit then 1200 grit sandpaper. I then go to micromesh starting at 2400, working up to 12,000. I finish by using tripoli compound and white diamond on buffing wheels, then as the grand finale, I use Renassiance wax for the final finish before assembly. After assembly of the pen and parts, I once again use Renassiance wax and do a final buffing on a buffing wheel for that purpose, only. Keep up the good work…

-- WeeWilly

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