Cigar Pens - Playing with Finish

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Project by JohnGreco posted 02-26-2011 02:02 AM 1446 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some more pens I just made, now of the cigar pen variety. First shot shows from left to right: Bloodwood, Wenge, Zebrawood. 2nd shot is Walnut.

In the first picture with the 3 pens I experimented a bit with finishes. The Bloodwood was given 5 coats of tung oil, the other two had CA finish but the Wenge in the middle was finished with a hit of #0000 steel wool (as well as after the first coat of CA). I needed my tack cloth to get the residue out of the grain, but the slightly less shiny look really goes well with the gunmetal hardware. Of the 3, the tung oil was the smoothest, but Bloodwood also has the tightest grain of them all. I’ll need to experiment some more on the same wood next time. The Wenge really was a close 2nd.

The Walnut is just a CA finish. Thanks for looking :)

-- John

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 11:10 PM

Nice looking pens.

A good way to get the dust out of the grain before finishing is by blowing the dust out with your compressor. If you don’t have a compressor, you can use air duster like they use to clean computer keyboards.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 11:58 PM

Thanks, DGunn. I’ll make sure to have the compressor fired up and ready :)

-- John

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 01:58 AM

Cool pens. Wenge is a difficult wood to get a smooth polish on and I usually have to use 6-10 coats of CA in order to get it filled up and still be able to buff up to a smooth, hard gloss.

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 12:29 AM

If i have an open grained wood I like to use BLO/CA with 400 grit sandpaper. That will let the sanding sludge fill the pores.
After the pores are filled it’s 3-4 coats of medium CA then MM to 12000.

But if I don’t want a shiny finish it’s CSUSA’s friction polish.


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