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...and my first project posting. Also the first project to come off the Delta 46-700 I found on CL last Jan. At least the first I'd be willing to show. Of course, the engineer in me had to complicate simplicity with the Celtic Knot. The tablesaw didn't like the lathe getting all the attention. The one on the left is a b-day gift for my Irish son-in-law.

They're ash/walnut, dry sanded to 600 grit. Then 10 coats of CA glue applied, and wet sanded through all 9 micro-mesh grits.

Thanks a lot for looking, this is fun!

-jay, KCMO

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They look great, especially for a first attempt at making pens and pens with a Celtic cross no less. I envy your patience to be able to apply 10 coats of CA finish and use all 9 micro-mesh grits. When I finish dry sanding I want the glossy finish that lasts forever to go on in one easy, non-sanded coat. Shockingly, such a finish does not exist (or I haven't found it). Great work.
 

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What a great set of pens! Great work on not only the knot but the finish as well. I'm sure the gift will be well received and loved!
 

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Really nice work, I like the Celtic Knots, very nice.
 

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Very nice pens !!!!!!!!!!!!!..........Jim
 

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Very nice work! I'm not going to say you'll get the same results as going through all steps for the micro mesh, but give two coats of thin CA followed by 2 coats of One Step plastic polish a try… Gets a pretty impressive shine for less than half the coats. Keep it up and keep em coming!
 

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Many thanks to all of you for your kind words. TurningHeads, good suggestion to try. I thought about following up the micro mesh with some sort of polish but was so happy with what I ended up with I forgot about the polish. Does the One Step plasitic polish have any sort of 'grit' equivalent? It would need to be higher than the 12,000 grit micro mesh I suspect.

-jay KCMO
 
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