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Turning slippery slope #10: CA glue finish - what a deal!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-01-2009 05:20 AM 4312 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks to my friends here on LJ- and scopemonkey in particular—- I learned how to do the CA glue finish. Scopemonkey gave me a link to a video to watch. This is the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VkKcFRSWQ&feature=channel. It makes good watching.

I gave the finish a try tonight—- I like it a lot! Here are some pictures of some key rings I’ve made. The first picture is a friction finish only. The second picture are the CA glue finish. There is a big difference in look and feel. I think they all look ok – but the CA glue finish feels good on top of looking good.

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The next picture is a little fuzzy (really a lot fuzzy). But I wanted to point out the black line in the middle.

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I have no idea what that line is. It is part of the wood itself. It feels like rock.

Here are some of the pens I’ve been playing with. I’ve still got a looooongg way to go.

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Miss Kitty came by to check them all out.

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I’m getting a better feel for my tools. I decided to practice more with key rings because they are small, less expensive than pen kits and still make nice little gifts.

I really like the scraper tool – it makes the wood feel silky soft. One other good advantage of the scraper is it can take a finish off very easily if you don’t like what you get the first time around. I needed this little advantage on one of the key rings because the CA glue left a ridge that was not good. So I just scraped off the finish and started over.

Thanks for looking—- and for all the help!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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#1 posted 03-01-2009 05:28 AM

Betsy these are really nice pieces. Your turning ability has come quite a distance in a short period of time.

I am afraid that you are too far down the slippery slope to even think about “turning” back. You certainly are an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 05:31 AM

Thanks Scott.

I just realized that some of you who have followed my blogging that you might recognize the box that I put the pens on. The box is the one I made for my cat Callie who was on the verge of passing. I’m glad to report that she’s made it to her 22nd birthday and seems to be doing quite well!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 05:40 AM

Wow, Ya know I have always had a fear that if I tried this, there definitely would be no turning back. I now believe this is true in what you have done. These look great. Someday I do want to try this. And tell Callie happy past 22nd birthday. Thanks for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 05:42 AM

Congrats on the cat. Vets always ask me what I feed my dogs because big dogs aren’t supposed to go much past 12 years, in their opinion.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 05:42 AM

Great Looking Stuff, Betsy!!!!! You really have the “bug”!

Glad to hear that Callie is still with you. 22 years, WOW!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-01-2009 06:00 AM

Callie says thanks all!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 03-01-2009 07:23 AM

There I was working on a piece of wood when I noticed a shiny piece of metal and I wondered…

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 03-01-2009 04:04 PM

yup. Addicted!

well done! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 04:11 PM

Very well done Betsy. All those look great and the CA glue finish is a really hard finish too. Will last a long time.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 03-02-2009 03:02 AM

these look great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 03-02-2009 04:38 AM

Thanks all – I really am addicted. This stuff is way to much fun. Can’t wait to graduate to bowls and platters!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 03-02-2009 05:06 AM

And lets give Miss Kitty a little attention to.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 03-02-2009 07:43 AM

Looks like you’re stuck on that CA finish! Pun intended….

Keep up the good work.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#14 posted 03-03-2009 04:20 AM

Very funny scopemonkey!

Rtb. Believe me Miss Kitty gets lots of attention. She DEMANDS it! :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#15 posted 03-03-2009 04:25 AM

You’re lucky she lets you turn wood in her house :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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