|Project by Aaron||posted 12-01-2011 08:01 AM||1191 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This was my first attempt at turning a pen. This was euro-style picked up on sale at woodcraft. The wood is cocobolo… Now before you go there, yes I understand how working with this wood can be dangerous as there are some out there who become highly allergic to it.
I am not, however and since it’s sealed 100% with a CA finish even someone who was would be fine.
This was a bit tricky, as I was not used to working with something so small. The overall process was meticulous to say the least, more so than anything else I’ve turned. The CA finish process is a bit rough the first time (which this is) but I’ve refined it to the following;
(please note this pen did not get this finish I will post the ones that did)
-Sand from 200 down to 600;
-Seal with thin CA
-Sand back from 400-600
-Put on the first coat of thicker CA
-Sand from 400 down to 600 grit between each coat
-After 3-4 coats, get out the wet sanding kit I purchased from woodcraft and sand from 1200 to 12000
-Then use the satin and then finally the gloss polishing compound.
This provides the absolute best finish and really doesn’t take anymore than about 30 minutes (at the most)
What you end up with is a flawless shine, with no real marks, and a hard finish that will stand up to abuse.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this and please post comments suggestions, or advice I’m always looking to learn.
-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~