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Bit of a fancy pen for my tastes, but a very nice piece of rosewood burl. CA finish (20 coats) micromeshed to 12,000 and polished with plastic polish. Comments and criticisms welcome. Thank you for looking.
-- Al, Culpeper VA
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#1 posted 07-16-2010 04:20 AM
beautiful pen. Would love to have it
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#2 posted 07-16-2010 07:49 PM
That is a gorgeous pen! Sounds like you put a tremendous amount of work into the finishing.
#3 posted 07-16-2010 08:16 PM
Thank you for the kind comments. The finishing actually goes pretty quickly once you’ve got the hang of it, but it took me a long time to learn it. After I am done turning the pen I sand it on the lathe to 400 grit, stopping the lathe for lengthwise sanding for each grit. I then slow the lathe down and apply the CA with a blue paper towel found in the paint department at Lowe’s or Home Depot. These seem to work the best. Each coat of CA is “fixed” with aerosol CA hardener. I snip the end off the rolled up paper towel after every coat so that I have a new surface for the next. When I am done, I have a pile of little blue pieces of paper towel that I simply discard. After ten coats, I turn the lathe back to high speed and micromesh to 12,000 stopping the lathe between each sheet for lengthwise sanding. Once those ten coats are done I repeat this process for another ten coats. After the 20th coat has been micromeshed to 12,000, I polish with plastic polish and a cloth on high speed. I’ve tried waxing after this but it doesn’t really seem to add anything. Hope this helps someone.
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#4 posted 07-19-2010 01:37 AM
Great looking pen and thanks for the finishing tip!
#5 posted 07-19-2010 01:47 AM
Thank you, Don. One tip – have fans running, your air cleaner running, and wear a respirator when working with CA. The fumes can give you flu symtoms. I do all of these precautions, finish as quickly as I can, and then clear out of my shop for a while the fumes disappate. Cyanoacrylate fumes are nasty stuff, but I have yet to find a more durable finish. I have pens that receive almost daily use after three years and there is no sign of wear. Hope this helps.
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#6 posted 07-19-2010 01:50 AM
Wow great Job, classic looking pen.
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