Pen Turning

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Project by kewald posted 12-06-2009 05:54 AM 1630 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been turning pens both as gifts for family and friends, and for sale.

I finish the wood on the lathe, first sanding from 120 – 400 grit, then seal the wood with 1 lb. cut shellac followed by sanding through the grits to 2,000. After sanding then I apply several more coats of shellac, rubbing them in with a paper towel. Finally, I polish using Tripoli compound then white diamond compound and lastly caranauba wax.

I wear a Trend Airshield Pro mask/respirator/ear protection throughout the process. The dust from the Tripoli is hazardous, and of course some wood dust is also. I was lax one time and have been coughing for over a week now.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 07:59 AM

Great looking pens. Thanks for the finishing info and the dust reminder. Always a hazard in this work.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 06:10 PM

Great looking pen

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 06:13 PM

Nice pens Ken! I had the same problem with the sanding dust but my shop built air filter and a dust collector fitting on the lathe keeps that down now.

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