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#1 posted 02-24-2019 05:25 AM

What do you want to know about CA glue? I use it alone for pens. Usually is trouble free but I seem to get the occasional coat.

I start by sanding to 600, wiping the dust off and then a very thin coat of 1# cut shellac. Once they dries I put the lathe on its slowest speed setting and apply a thin stream of glue to the top of the blank while holding a blue shop towel on the bottom. Move quickly across the blank till the whole thing is covered. You can use an accelerant at this point but I usually just let it dry. The accelerants can cause white spots if you are too close. If you get these you have to sand down past them and start over. I usually do six coats.

Lots of people have opinions on what type of glue to use thick thin or medium. I don’t really see a difference. Just use that blue towel to level it out and it’s fine.

Once my six coats are on and dry I wet sand lightly with 600x sandpaper followed by the micro mesh pads from Leevalley up to 12000x. A little paste wax at the end brings out a beautiful polish.

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